Even so, his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, above, couldn’t wait to kill him off. Doyle was innate in Edinburgh on this day in 1859.
Although Doyle wrote 4 novels and 56 brief stories featuring a good investigator and his companion, Dr. John Watson, by 1893 he had turn wearied of his creation.
In “The Final Problem,” Doyle sent his protagonist plunging over a Reichenbach Falls with his archnemesis, Professor James Moriarty, clearly to their deaths. (More than 20,000 angry readers canceled their subscriptions to The Strand Magazine when a story was published.)
Doyle after pronounced of Holmes, “I have had such an overdose of him that we feel towards him as we do towards pâté de foie gras, of that we once ate too much.”
Although he eventually resurrected Holmes, Doyle also had time for pursuits estimable even of his individualist sleuth: He helped popularize skiing, attempted his palm unsuccessfully during politics and was knighted for his news on a Boer War.
He also had a low seductiveness in a abnormal and helped popularize a famous hoax of a early 20th century: a array of photographs of garden fairies.
Charles McDermid wrote today’s Back Story.
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