Welcome to our guide to Sherlock Holmes. In this website, you will find everything that you need to know or anything that interests you about the great detective.
Although he is not the first or only fictional detective, Guinness World Records hailed Sherlock Holmes as the most portrayed character in history. His following is so great that a lot of people believe that he might be a real person after all. His popularity made him come alive in the eyes of his followers. Sherlock Holmes is considered to be one of the most famous cultural icons in the UK – and possibly even the whole world.
Who is Sherlock Holmes
In this guide to Sherlock Holmes, you will get to know the private detective thoroughly and how he has influenced the literary culture and even the modern entertainment industry.
But who exactly is Sherlock Holmes?
He is a fictional private detective that was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a famed British author. In the stories, he is referred to as the “consulting detective.” Sherlock Holmes exhibited a lot of impressive traits – like his keen sense of observation and logical reasoning. He is also very proficient in forensic science. These are the characteristics that make him a great detective. He is constantly employed for investigative activities – even by the Scotland Yard.
Sherlock Holmes was first published in 1887 in Beeton’s Christmas Annual. He increased in popularity the moment the first series was published in The Strand Magazine in 1891. The character is featured in a total of 4 novels and 56 short stories. Every story is narrated by Dr. John Watson, Holmes’ close friend and companion in every investigative journey. They both share quarters in 221B Baker Street, London. Most of the stories start from this address.
In the film Sherlock Holmes Watson is portrayed a a gambler and people do seem to have opinions about this. Apparently this does not fit together with the story line of the books. One might guess it was made for making the movie more modern. In a future Sherlock Holmes movie it would not but surprising if we see a character like Watson playing online at something like Betsafe.
While the original stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle never provided a formal narrative about his early life, the followers of this beloved character were able to piece together a loose biography. For instance, the story of “His Last Bow” revealed that the detective was born sometime in 1854 – since the story set in 1914 described him to be 60 years old. Holmes vaguely mentioned his parents but described his ancestors as “country squires.” In all the stories, it is also revealed that his grandmother is the sister of the French artist Vernet and that his brother, Mycroft is a government official. The latter appeared in several stories.
Sherlock Holmes started his investigative career as an undergraduate – taking up cases that baffled his university peers. After talking to a father of one of his fellow students, he considered becoming a detective. His career as a detective spanned 23 years – 17 of which were spent with his good friend, Dr. Watson.
Find out more about Sherlock Holmes
In our guide to Sherlock Holmes, you will find out everything about this fictional detective. This website will give you information about…
… the author of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
… his friend and companion, Dr. John H. Watson.
… the skills of Sherlock Holmes that made him a great detective.
… his nemesis, Professor Moriarty, and his numerous crimes.
Apart from that, this website will also give you information about the different portrayals of Sherlock Holmes.
- The modern version of Sherlock Holmes in the Elemantary series.
- The various Sherlock Holmes films in history.
- The series Sherlock.
The website will even discuss with you the different games inspired by this great detective.
Keep on browsing our guide to Sherlock Holmes and get to know the character much better.