Author – Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre – Fiction (Detective)
Date – 1892
Pages – 307
Sherlock Holmes and the subsequent characters are the creation of a well known Scottish author and physician, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes first appeared in a publication, way back in 1887 and continued to be the central character of 4 novels and 56 short stories. It gained immense popularity after the release of the short stories. Of the 56 stories, nearly all except for 4, are told by Dr Watson. Two are in third person and other two by the Sleuth himself. Interestingly, the character of Sherlock Holmes was inspired by Doyle’s employer, a surgeon by the name of Dr. Joseph Bell.
Early novels have informed us that it was a forced hand of luck, that Holmes and Watson came together. It is told that he is facing financial difficulties and unwillingly he has to accommodate, Watson as his roommate. Apart from the Doctor’s description, very little is known about Sherlock’s immediate family. In one of the stories, he claims Vernet, the French artist, to be his great-uncle. He also has a elder brother, Mycroft, who is a government employee. Surprisingly, on more than one occasion, the author has portrayed him to be more gifted than Holmes himself, but he lacks the latter’s drive.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a compilation of 12 such brain teasing stories, published as a book by George Newnes Ltd on 14th October 1892. These are the first 12 cases that were published individually in the Strand Magazine from July 1891 to June 1892.