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The characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are two of the most famous figures from British literature. Original creations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the pair would appear in four novels and 56 short stories, as penned by the author, and the first of these stories was “ A Study in Scarlet. ”

Today the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are linked with the Strand Magazine, the monthly magazine where most of the Sherlock Holmes stories were published. The first story about the consulting detective though would appear not in the Strand but in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887.

Conan Doyle had written the piece in 1886, during a quite period at his Portsmouth doctor’s practice, and had sold the rights to the story for £25. Doyle hoping that this sale would lead to greater things.

A Study in Scarlet would appear alongside two plays, R. André’s “ Food for Powder ” and C.J. Hamilton’s “ The Four-Leaved Shamrock ”, in the 168 page magazine; with the magazine sold for 1 shilling. A Study in Scarlet received favourable, although not sensational, reviews.

Three years later Holmes and Watson would make their second appearance together, when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote “ The Sign of the Four” for Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. National and international fame for Conan Doyle and his creations though only came in 1891 when the short stories started to appear in the Stand Magazine.

Despite the slow start, A Study in Scarlet is now widely considered to be one of the greatest mystery novels ever written.

The Penguin English Library edition
When Dr John Watson takes rooms in Baker Street with amateur detective Sherlock Holmes, he has no idea that he is about to enter a shadowy world of criminality and violence. Accompanying Holmes to an ill-omened house in south London, Watson is startled to find a dead man whose face is contorted in a rictus of horror. There is no mark of violence on the body yet a single word is written on the wall in blood. Dr Watson is as baffled as the police, but Holmes's brilliant analytical skills soon uncover a trail of murder, revenge and lost love . .
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When Dr John Watson takes rooms in Baker Street with amateur detective Sherlock Holmes, he has no idea that he is about to enter a shadowy world of criminality and violence. Accompanying Holmes to an ill-omened house in south London, Watson is startled to find a dead man whose face is contorted in a rictus of horror. There is no mark of violence on the body yet a single word is written on the wall in blood. Dr Watson is as baffled as the police, but Holmes's brilliant analytical skills soon uncover a trail of murder, revenge and lost love . .

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The characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are two of the most famous figures from British literature. Original creations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the pair would appear in four novels and 56 short stories, as penned by the author, and the first of these stories was “ A Study in Scarlet. ”

Today the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are linked with the Strand Magazine, the monthly magazine where most of the Sherlock Holmes stories were published. The first story about the consulting detective though would appear not in the Strand but in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887.

Conan Doyle had written the piece in 1886, during a quite period at his Portsmouth doctor’s practice, and had sold the rights to the story for £25. Doyle hoping that this sale would lead to greater things.

A Study in Scarlet would appear alongside two plays, R. André’s “ Food for Powder ” and C.J. Hamilton’s “ The Four-Leaved Shamrock ”, in the 168 page magazine; with the magazine sold for 1 shilling. A Study in Scarlet received favourable, although not sensational, reviews.

Three years later Holmes and Watson would make their second appearance together, when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote “ The Sign of the Four” for Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. National and international fame for Conan Doyle and his creations though only came in 1891 when the short stories started to appear in the Stand Magazine.

Despite the slow start, A Study in Scarlet is now widely considered to be one of the greatest mystery novels ever written.


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