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What evidence is there to support these views? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was among the first writers of detective stories and novels in England. The first novel recognised as a detective story was written inby Wilkie Collins entitled "The Moonstone".
Later inthe popular novelist Charles Dickens also tried his hand at writing a detective novel called "The Mystery of Edwin Drood". Furthermore, the fact that dialect was rarely used in any of the Sherlock Holmes stories, unlike other works of the time, made it easier for people to read and understand the content, particularly those who had only recently acquired the basic skill of reading.
In addition, as the stories were originally published in the "Strand" magazine, this made them fairly accessible, and therefore they enjoyed a wider social readership.
The stories were often shorter than those of other writers, and thus avoided unnecessary detail. Generally, the stories have a distinct and succinct plot structure and were supported by illustrations, which I suggest, played a part in the general success.
Thus the popularity of his detective stories increased rapidly, yet at the same time Doyle was becoming more and more uncomfortable with his character.
He wanted, out of personal preference to devote greater time to other forms of writing. Doyle sent his famous detective and his enemy plunging to their deaths at the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland.
Doyle, however, had underestimated the popularity of his character, because when his followers read "The Adventure of the Final Problem" there was a public outcry over his action. He received many letters from infuriated readers and some men actually marched through London, wearing black crepe bands around their hats, indicating their remorse for the death of their favourite detective.
The owner of the magazine reported the death of Holmes as "a dreadful event" to his shareholders, showing that it was a major loss to the company. Seven years after the supposed death of the detective, and after being offered a substantial fee by his publisher, Doyle relented to public pressure and wrote a novel entitled "The Hound of the Baskervilles" featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.
As the popularity for Holmes continued to rise, he revealed in the next series, that the fall at the Reichenbach Falls had only been fatal for Moriarty and that Holmes had managed to escape at the last moment. Doyle passed away inbut not before writing a further thirty two short stories and a fourth novel, "The Valley of Fear" featuring Holmes and Watson.
One reason for the appeal of the stories may be the originality of the way in which the crimes were solved.
Also, as the police force had only been set up inand the detective division inthe methods used in solving real cases were still very basic. Consequently, the readers would not have had much knowledge of ways of deduction and so often the plots of the stories were seen to be quite technical, and the way the crimes were solved even more so.
It is a genre, which allows the reader to feel that they are indirectly participating in the process of deduction and possible solution of a mystery. The methods which Holmes uses to solve problems he encounters are quite extraordinary. In the late nineteenth century, policemen were generally disliked and treated with little respect.
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