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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Sherlock Holmes: The Golden Goose

Arthur Conan Doyle was naturally gratified by his success but increasingly concerned that Sherlock Homes was damaging his aspirations to be considered a serious writer. As early as November 1891, only four years after Holmes's first appearance in print, he had written to his mother revealing that he was thinking of "slaying" Holmes in the final story of the first series. "He takes my mind from better things," he explained. Mary Doyle was horrified that he should think of eliminating the source of such a handsome income and urgently advised him to reconsider. [Arthur Conan Doyle did slay his famous protagonist then under enormous public pressure brought him back.]

Russell Miller, The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle, 2008 

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