Arthur Conan Doyle Short Fiction Analysis - Essay

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle Short Fiction Analysis

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

In spite of his desire to be acknowledged as a writer of “serious” literature, Arthur Conan Doyle is destined to be remembered as the creator of a fictional character who has taken on a life separate from the literary works in which he appears. Sherlock Holmes, as the prototype of almost all fictional detectives, has become a legend not only to his devotees but also to those who have not even read the works in which he appears, the detective being immortalized by reputation and through the media of movies, television, and radio.

Doyle claimed that the character of Sherlock Holmes was based on his memories of Dr. Joseph Bell, a teacher of anatomy at the University of Edinburgh, whose diagnostic skills he had admired...

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