Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection
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Sherlock Holmes is a late 19th and early
20th century fictional detective who first appeared in 1887.
He is the brainchild of Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle, a Scottish-born author and physician.
Holmes, a genius London-based detective, is renowned for his analytical excellence, and is known for his
skillful use of deductive reasoning and astute deduction to solve difficult crimes (somewhat wrongly-see inductive reasoning).
He is arguably the most popular fictional detective ever made, and is one of
the literary characters in any genre that is best known and most widely recognizable.
Four novels and fifty-six short stories
featuring Holmes were written by Conan Doyle.
Holmes’ friend and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson, narrated all but four tales, two
of them being narrated by Holmes himself, and two others in the third person.
In Beeton’s 1887 Christmas Annual and in Lippincott’s Monthly
Magazine in 1890, the first two stories, short novels, appeared.