Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (1859 – 1930) was a physician and British writer and, most popular for his crime fiction series featuring the detective of 221 B Baker Street, Sherlock Holmes. His most famous short-story collections and novellas include The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Sign of Four, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, His Last Bow and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes. His other works include The Lost World (1912), The Coming of the Fairies (1922), and Memories and Adventures (1924-30), along with spiritual writings such as The Wanderings of a Spiritualist (1921), The History of Spiritualism (1926), and Pheneas Speaks: Direct Spirit Communications in the Family Circle (1927).
It is not an easy matter to write from the front. You know that there are several courteous but inexorable gentlemen who may have a word in the matter, and their presence 'imparts but small ease to the style.'