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"I am Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don't know."
- Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
Sherlock Holmes
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Sherlock Holmes and his biographer John Watson as drawn by Sidney Paget.
Publication information
Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre Detective fiction
Release Date 1887 - 1927
Series List of Sherlock Holmes Short Stories and Novels


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Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who first appeared in publication in 1887. He was devised by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A brilliant London-based detective, Holmes is famous for his prowess at using logic and astute observation to solve cases. He is perhaps the most famous fictional detective, and indeed one of the best known and most universally recognizable literary characters.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote four novels and fifty-six short-stories featuring his creation. Almost all were narrated by Holmes' friend and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson, with the exception of two narrated by Holmes himself and two more written in the third person. The stories first appeared in magazine serialization, notably in The Strand Magazine, over a period of forty years. This was a common form of publication at the time: Charles Dickens' works were issued in a similar fashion. The stories cover a period from around 1878 up to 1903, with a final case in 1914. They are read as much for their characterization and the stylized late-Victorian era in which they take place as for the mysteries themselves.


Short story collections[]


  • These books are retellings of the classic original.