Sherlock Holmes 1st Published

Accommodation Search

History on 31st October


Official end of the Battle of Britain

Huddersfield Factory Fire

Sherlock Holmes 1st Published

The 31st of October 1892 AD

Arthur Conan Doyle’s greatest character, Sherlock Holmes, had first seen the light of day in Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887, within the short novel A Study in Scarlet, but it was not until five years later that The Adventures of Sherlock Homes was first published by George Newnes.
Conan Doyle never hid the fact that the inspiration for the great detective came from one of his Edinburgh medical contacts, Dr Joseph Bell, whose party piece was extrapolation from observation of details of say a person’s clothing to their profession, what they had been doing and so forth. Bell was even credited with assisting the police in several cases in Scotland.
Holmes was of course a runaway success, indeed Conan Doyle had already given up his medical practice in London prior to the Adventures being published, such was the demand for Holmes short stories by magazines. For A study in Scarlet Conan Doyle received just £25 for all rights, but he fared rather better from subsequent publications, becoming very comfortable from his writings (which included other less famous characters such as Brigadier Gerard, and wonderful tales such as The Lost World). He is said to have grown to loathe Holmes, killing him off once – though not with such finality that he could not be brought back after a decent interval, but managed to endure him such that the last story was written in 1927, 40 years after the first.

More famous dates here

4723 views since 31st October 2008

Brit Quote:
One who does not know when to die, does not know how to live. - John Ruskin
More Quotes

On this day:
Battle of Dunbar - 1296, Battle of Carbisdale - 1650, Slapton Sands Friendly Fire Disaster - 1944, Abortion is legalised in Britain - 1968
More dates from British history

click here to view all the British counties

County Pages

//