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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
: Wordsworth Editions Limited
: 1995
ISBN: 185326 033 9
: 464
: pdf djvu
: 98.42

SHERLOCK HOLMES is perhaps the best-known of all fictional characters. From the first appearance of the short stories in the Strand Magazine chronicling his extraordinary deductive powers, Holmes became a larger-than-life figure whose devotees were stricken when it seemed that the great detective had perished at the Reichenbach Falls in The Adventure of the Final Problem. Young men put mourning crepe in their hats, and the author was forced by public demand to resurrect his hero. From that day, a literary cult was born and continues unabated to this day. Perhaps it is best exemplified by The Baker Street Irregulars, who exist to perpetuate the memory, methods and iconography of the great detective. Its members comprise diplomats, judges, academics as well as great numbers of ordinary readers who enjoy the romance and atmosphere of Conan Doyle's creation.

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