Sherlock Holmes

On Monday there will be yet another Sherlock Holmes film released on DVD, Having not see it yet I will not past any kind judgement,
But what I will do it talk about the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in the hopes that you like what you read a seek out more

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character of the late 19th century who first appeared in publication in 1887 The first story, A Study in Scarlet, appeared in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887 and the second, The Sign of the Four, in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine in 1890. The character grew tremendously in popularity with the beginning of the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine in 1891
He was the creation of Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who wrote four novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes All but four stories are narrated by Holmes’s friend and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson
Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess and is renowned for his enormous scope of observation, his astute logical reasoning and his forensic science skills to solve difficult cases. Holmes occasionally uses addictive drugs, especially when lacking stimulating cases. He is a habitual user of cocaine, which he injects in a seven-per-cent solution using a special syringe that he keeps in a leather case All these drugs were legal in late-19th-century England. Both Watson and Holmes are serial tobacco users, including cigarettes, cigars and pipes. Indeed, Holmes is expert at identifying tobacco ash residues, having penned a monograph on the subject. Holmes’s primary intellectual detection method is deductive reasoning of the solution to a crime. “From a drop of water”, he writes, “a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other.” Holmes stories often begin with a bravura display of his talent for “deduction Holmesian deduction appears to consist primarily of drawing inferences based on either straightforward practical principles—which are the result of careful inductive study
“When you remove the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth”

Although Sherlock Holmes isn’t the original fiction detective his name has become a byword for the part. His stories also include several detective story characters such as the loyal but less intelligent assistant, a role for which Dr Watson has become the archetype. The investigating detective became a popular genre with many authors such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers after the demise of Holmes, with characters such as Hercule Poirot and Lord Peter Wimsey

Holmes aficionados refer to the period from 1891 to 1894—the time between Holmes’s disappearance and presumed death in “The Adventure of the Final Problem” and his reappearance in “The Adventure of the Empty House”—as “the Great Hiatus. Conan Doyle wrote the first set of stories over the course of a decade. Wanting to devote more time to his historical novels, he killed off Holmes in “The Final Problem,” which appeared in print in 1893. After resisting public pressure for eight years, the author wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles, which appeared in 1901, implicitly setting it before Holmes’s “death”

The public, while pleased with the story, was not satisfied with a posthumous Holmes, and so Conan Doyle revived Holmes two years later. Many have speculated on his motives for bringing Holmes back to life The actual reasons are not known, other than the obvious: publishers offered to pay generously. For whatever reason, Conan Doyle continued to write Holmes stories for a quarter-century longer In his memoirs, Conan Doyle quotes a reader, who judged the later stories inferior to the earlier ones, to the effect that when Holmes went over the Reichenbach Falls, he may not have been killed, but was never quite the same man.


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