I fear that Mr Sherlock Holmes may become like one of those popular tenors who, having outlived their time, are still tempted to make repeated farewell bows to their indulgent audiences. This must cease and he must go the way of all flesh, material or imaginary. One likes to think that there is some fantastic limbo for the children of imagination, some strange, impossible place where the beaux of Fielding may still make love to the belles of Richardson, where Scott's heroes still may strut, Dickens's delightful Cockneys still raise a laugh, and Thackeray's worldlings continue to carry on their reprehensible careers.
Perhaps in some humble corner of such a Valhalla, Sherlock and his Watson may for a time find a place, while some more astute sleuth with some even less astute comrade may fill the stage which they have vacated.
If ever I saw a murderer's mouth it was there — a cruel, hard gash in the face, compressed, inexorable, and terrible.
In 1901, Conan Doyle finally bowed to public pressure and resurrected the nation's favourite detective. Featuring the last 12 stories ever written about Sherlock Holmes, this collection contains some of Conan Doyle's most villainous and unusual characters. The disillusionment and disenchantment felt in the 1920s is reflected in the darker mood of many of the stories and many believe that the author's developing interest in Spiritualism influenced the themes he chose to explore.
• Life & Times - a fascinating insight into the author, their work and the time of publication
• Glossary of Classic Literature - useful words and phrases at your fingertips, taken from Collins English Dictionary
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