A study in scarlet – Sherlock Holmes’ debut

The science of deduction

author : Arthur Conan Doyle
illustrator : Richard Gutschmidt
first published: 1887 in Beeton’s Christmas annual by Ward Lock & Co

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The birth of Sherlock Holmes

A study in scarlet is the first Sherlock Holmes story. First appeared under the title “A Tangled Skein” while the detective’s name was Sherrinford Holmes. At the beginning, It wasn’t a big success, however, today the first publications of the story are of high value.

Maybe not the best of Holmes adventures, but it is amusing to be present at the birth of a myth. You can observe the so familiar and loved characters of Sherlock and Watson to take form just in front of your eyes. It is almost like Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie. Not yet fully developed, but yes! He is standing right there!

“There’s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.”




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