Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle KStJ, DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for creating the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and writing stories about him which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. He is also known for writing the fictional adventures of a second character he invented, Professor Challenger, and for popularising the mystery of the Mary Celeste. He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional private detective created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Known as a “consulting detective” in the stories, Holmes is known for a proficiency with observation, forensic science, and logical reasoning that borders on the fantastic, which he employs when investigating cases for a wide variety of clients, including Scotland Yard. First appearing in print in 1887 (in A Study In Scarlet), the character’s popularity became widespread with the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine beginning with “A Scandal In Bohemia” in 1891; additional tales appeared from then to 1927, eventually totalling four novels and 56 short stories. All but one are set in the Victorian or Edwardian periods, taking place between about 1880 to 1914. Most are narrated by the character of Holmes’s friend and biographer Dr. Watson, who usually accompanies Holmes during his investigations and often shares quarters with him at the address of 221 B Baker Street London, where many of the stories begin. Though not the first fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes is arguably the most well-known, with Guinness Book Of World Records listing him as the “most portrayed movie character” in history. Holmes’s popularity and fame are such that many have believed him to be not a fictional character but a real individual; numerous literary and fan societies have been founded that pretend to operate on this principal. Widely considered a British Cultural Icon, the character and stories have had a profound and lasting effect on mystery writing and popular culture as a whole, with both the original tales as well as thousands written by authors other than Conan Doyle being adapted into stage and radio plays, television, films, video games, and other media for over one hundred years.
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A Study in Scarlet (published 1887) – ISBN: 9781539687047
The Sign of the Four (published 1890) – ISBN: 978-1539829546
The Hound of the Baskervilles (serialised 1901–1902 in The Strand) – ISBN: 978-1539844822
The Valley of Fear (serialised 1914–1915) – ISBN: 978-1539911883
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (published 1892) – ISBN: 978-1539829713
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (published 1894) – ISBN: 978-1539844457
The Return of Sherlock Holmes (published 1905) – ISBN: 978-1539863120
His Last Bow (published 1917) – ISBN: 978-1539912620
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (not available due to copyright restrictions)
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