Magazine article The Spectator

The Plot Thickens

Magazine article The Spectator

The Plot Thickens

Article excerpt

Sherlock Holmes is devilishly hard to kill.

Within a few years of his birth in 1887, Conan Doyle had already grown tired of Holmes, and tried smother him by demanding ever larger fees for his adventures.

W hen the fees were paid, he was driven to desperate measures, throwing him over a waterfall in a story optimistically named 'The Final Problem'. It didn't work: Holmes was revived by a gigantic payment from an American magazine, and poor Conan Doyle was still writing about him in 1927.

Nor did his creator's death, in 1930, put paid to the great detective. Since then Holmes has materialised in the worlds of radio, film and television in a variety of more or less convincing disguises. And now, at last, he has been officially reincarnated in print. …

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