How Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tried (and failed) to kill Sherlock Holmes

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Sherlock Holmes

You don’t need me to tell you who this guy is. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best remembered for giving us Sherlock Holmes, a detective whose only fictional equal in over a hundred years has been a billionaire with a bat fetish.

Sherlock Holmes made his debut in 1887 in the novel A Study in Scarlet and earned Conan Doyle a flat 25 pounds and no royalties for his effort. The story was a mild success, so Conan Doyle did one more novel before starting into short stories for The Strand magazine, which catapulted Holmes to a level of fame his creator would come to resent.

The thing was, Conan Doyle saw himself as a historical novelist, and he didn’t want to be in the detective fiction game forever. For him it was a constant struggle between his creative passion and his pocketbook. So when he wanted to give…

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