Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a rather unwilling writer of Sherlock Holmes stories. He began writing short Holmes stories to supplement his meagre income as a doctor. The popularity of the Holmes stories enabled him to retire from medicine and become a full time writer. However, the general public always had much greater fondness for Sherlock Holmes than his creator did. Conan Doyle had literary ambitions, but, these were in the genre of writing a great historical novel. Conan Doyle eventually grew weary of Holmes and retired him in 1893.

However, the public clamour for more Holmes stories was so intense, that he was lured back into writing more Holmes stories after a very generous offer from an American publisher. If it hadn't been for the lure of the Dollar, Conan Doyle would probably have never written so many Holmes stories.

Conan Doyle was knighted for his services in the Boer War, he was also interested in spiritualism, but, it is always his fascinating character of Sherlock Holmes which people remember Conan Doyle by him.

There have been many film / tv productions related to Sherlock Holmes, but, one production stands out for its excellent quality and adherence to the original. This was ITV's series with Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes ITV

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