Why is The Hound of the Baskervilles significant and why should people read it?
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle is a novel featuring Sherlock Holmes, a fictional consulting detective, as a protagonist and his friend Dr. Watson as a narrator. Originally published in The Strand Magazine in serial form from August 1901 to April 1902, this marks Doyle's return to writing about his popular detective Holmes after a long hiatus. It was published in book form the subsequent year.
The novel is important in part due to its enduring popularity and that of Holmes himself. It has been translated into numerous languages as well as reprinted in many English language editions and adapted multiple times for stage, radio, television, and even video games in several languages.
As well as its popularity and that of its iconic protagonist, the novel is important for the development of detective fiction, especially a popular sub-genre in which a clever amateur private eye, or non-police person, provides invaluable assistance to the police in solving a crime.
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