Sherlock Holmes was born in into the literature world in 1887 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He featured in 4 novels and 56 short stories and is to date the most recognisable detective character in the world today.
A Study in Scarlett
The fisrst Novel
A Study in Scarlett was written in 1887 and told the tale of a young Sherlock Holmes who solves a murder case by using his famous deductive and analytical methods. In the book he also meets Watson. Watson, just recently retired from the war becomes Sherlock's life time friend and assistant throughout his many other adventures.
The Sign of Four
The future Mrs Watson
In 1890 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote this book which tells the tale of a secret pact made between four convicts and some stolen treasure. The tale is set with Indian rebellion of 1857 in mind and it also introduces us to the future Mrs. Watson.
The End of Holmes
The Re-birth of Holmes
In the short story "The Final Problem" we see the grand finale between professor Moriarty and Holmes as they apparently plunge to their deaths from the Reichenbach falls. This was a perfect stopping point for the life of Sherlock Holmes however due to public outcry this was not to be.
In the short story "The adventure of the empty house" it was explained that only Moriarty that had fallen and that Sherlock Holmes had not in fact fallen. As Sherlock had built up a small army of enemies he let it be perceived by all that he was in fact dead.
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Written in 1901 it was the first novel Sherlock appears in after his perceived death at Reichenbach falls however this tale was set several years before the event. It tells the unusual tale of the belief of a "hell hound" roaming the moors. With Sherlock's power of deduction however the mystery is solved and no "hell hound" was to be found.
The Valley of fear
This was first published in a series between September 1914 and May 1915 by the "Strand" magazine. It tells a tale set before "the final Problem" and feature Sherlock's arch nemesis Professor Moriarty. During this tale Sherlock investigates a murder case taken on through a tip off in a coded message taken form an informant deep within Moriartys' criminal organisation. It was the last of the four novels to be published in February of 1915.
Sherlock Holmes in the 21st Century
Sherlock Holmes has become one of the most well know characters from the 19th century and now in the 21st Century we idolise him on screen. He has many old and classic movies done about his investigations. Recently we have seen him rise to a modern day series set in his name and two blockbuster movies.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle truly created an immortal character in the birth of Sherlock Holmes. 125 years on Sherlock Homes is still going strong and it is highly possible that he will continue through many more century's' until the end of our days.
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