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Biography: Arthur Conan Doyle

"I think of slaying Holmes... and winding him up for good and all. He takes my mind from better things."

While it was Arthur Conan Doyle's dream to be remembered for "serious literature", and he had no desire to be remembered for the creation of Sherlock Holmes, it is these works of detective fiction that have provided Conan Doyle with his undisputed place in literature history as the forefather of the genre.

Book review: <i>The Sign Of Four</i> by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The second of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novellas, The Sign Of Four (originally published in 1890), is less with the long-winded-Sherlock-Holmes-single-minded-genius and more with the getting-to-know-the-many-facets-of-Sherlock-Holmes, beginning with his penchant for injecting cocaine to relieve boredom and smattered with his airy ability to quote philosophers in a multitude of languages (happily ignoring the fact that in the previous story, Holmes had no interest in philosophy). The new Sherlock Holmes is certainly an improvement, though.

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Book review: <i>A Study In Scarlet</i> by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study In Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was originally published in 1887, and it's still around, reprinted as recently as 2004. Sherlock Holmes sure has stood the test of time, and A Study In Scarlet is one of his most well known stories - probably because it's the world's introduction to the illustrious Sherlock Holmes, and documents his meeting with Watson and their first mystery together, and also because it's a bit longer and more detailed than Doyle's later stories.

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