Learn about the greatest fictional detective, the story of Sherlock Holmes, with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series.
Sherlock Holmes is probably the most famous of all fictional detectives. He was created in the 19th century by UK author Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes holds the record for the most-portrayed fictional character in movies. It is believed that more than 70 actors have played Holmes in various films over more than a century.
Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh on 22 May 1859 of Scottish and Irish ancestry. He studied medicine at Edinburgh University. This background gave him the knowledge to be able to construct Sherlock Holmes’ great understanding of forensics. Conan Doyle’s first short story was published in 1883. It was called “The Captain of the Pole-Star” and was inspired by his own work as a ship’s surgeon.
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Certainly the most prominent and prolific detective in literary history, Arthur Conan Doyle's eponymous Sherlock Holmes holds the distinction of having been portrayed in more films than any other fictional character. In his heyday, Holmes was so popular that Doyle, bowing to public pressure, was forced to resurrect the character shortly after killing him off. Exploring the Holmes legend, actress Ellouise Rothwell discusses how Doyle's own biography and literary influences helped forge the character, and examines popular depictions of Holmes throughout history, including the origin of his famous deerstalker cap. The ebullient Rothwell strikes an even pace while, nevertheless, packing in a wealth of information.
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