November 1887, Sherlock cracks his first case

Caroline Crampton on the gentleman detective who launched a genre

The World Today
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Caroline Crampton

Writer and editor at the New Statesman

Sherlock Holmes made his first appearance, improbably, in Beeton’s Christmas Annual. The magazine carried the novel-length mystery A Study in Scarlet, 130 years ago in November 1887. Yet it was a series of 12 short stories that began in The Strand Magazine in 1891 that brought Arthur Conan Doyle’s sardonic sleuth widespread popularity. These dozen stories were first published together as a collection titled The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in October 1892.

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