Talk:Arthur Conan Doyle

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Former good article Arthur Conan Doyle was one of the Language and literature good articles, but it has been removed from the list. There are suggestions below for improving the article to meet the good article criteria. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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Nigel Bruce and Arthur Conan Doyle[edit]

Nigel Bruce seems to be doing a mimicry of Arthur Conan Doyle

Reflist[edit]

SCOTTISH?[edit]

Why is Doyle so regularly described as Scottish? While he may have been born in Scotland, his ancestry (Through both father and mother) was Irish. The logic seems simple to me ....if he had been born in, say, Paris would he be described as French? ```` — Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.13.81.144 (talk) 00:35, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

I would agree with this; especially as in the info box it says 'Ethnicity: Scottish', not nationality... It's a totally weird thing to want to write in the info box in the first place, I mean, Shakespeare's info box doesn't state his 'ethnicity'! But, hell if you were going to do it, it's pretty clear that 'ethnically' he is Irish, as both his mother and father are Irish Catholics! His nationality is British, as it states; Scotland doesn't have citizenship separate from the rest of the United Kingdom. He is, of course, a Scot, regardless of his ethnicity; born, raised and educated in Scotland--you just need to listen to a recording of his voice to hear his Edinburgh accent; but I think all that is implied, by saying in the introduction that he is Scottish, and of course by stating that he was born, raised and educated in Scotland... so I'm removing the weird Scottish ethnicity thing..... — Preceding unsigned comment added by InternationalistChap (talkcontribs) 23:05, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Knighthood[edit]

The opening line gives him the honour KGStJ. But this does not seem to be one of the classes of the Order of St John. Also, the later reference to the London Gazette mentions only that Doyle was appointed a Knight, as if a Knight Bachelor. Further post-nominal letters of the order are not used outside the organization itself and a Knight and Dame may not use the prefix Sir or Dame. Has anyone been able to confirm an appointment to the order of St John? -- Barliner  talk  20:03, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

Literary career[edit]

I found the article sketchy on his literary career, for which he is clearly best-known, and have tried to address this by separating it out, in conformity with the rest of the article which deals with most of his career in parallel strands (I also created a medical strand). I may not have succeeded in doing justice to the fiction of this very prolific author. I have not attempted the same with his non-fiction, as significant titles are covered in other career strands. I've also revised some rather flowery phrasing to a more encyclopaedic style. I have used an old (1947) reference for certain factual information and if anyone wants to add a more recent one, go for it. I'm sure the article can be further improved and would be happy to discuss. Chrismorey (talk) 01:44, 12 August 2014 (UTC)