Sherlock Holmes is surely the one fictional character who is not only more famous than his creator, but whose personality, attitudes and interests are so completely his own, so different from those of his creator.
A Study in Scarlet is a quick, easy read. Many reports have suggested that this is not the best Holmes story by any means, which gives me high hopes for what comes next, as I thoroughly enjoyed this gentle, rather charming, 'consulting detective' story.
the finest study I ever came across: a study in scarlet....There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.
all I said about the Danite Band and the murders is historical so I cannot withdraw that, though it is likely that in a work of fiction it is stated more luridly than in a work of history. It's best to let the matter rest.
- Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 Edinburgh, Scotland – 7 July 1930 Crowborough, East Sussex)
- Conan is one of his middle names (after his godfather, Michael Conan), not a part of his surname.
- That is, he should be shelved under the 'D's not the 'C's!
- Graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Master of Surgery from the University of Edinburgh in 1881.
- Holmes was based on one of Doyle's university lecturers, Joseph Bell, 'round the centre of deduction and inference and observation which I have heard you inculcate I have tried to build up a man.'
- Written in three weeks in 1886.
- Original title: A Tangled Skein.
- Published in 1887 in Beeton's Christmas Annual & illustrated by David Henry Friston.
- First book published in July 1888 by Ward, Lock & Co & illustrated by ACD's father, Charles Doyle.
- Doyle had five children with two wives. But no grandchildren.
- My very first Sherlock Holmes story & I'm in!
- Will definitely read more.
- I love a good origin story & this, the first meeting of Holmes and Watson is memorable for it's ordinariness. The age-old 'friend of a friend' introduction for two people in need of a room mate.
- The Mormon back story may suffer from some historical inaccuracies or exaggerations, but it is memorable nonetheless.