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This article is Inspiration for Steampunk.

Sherlock Holmes Portrait Paget

Sherlock Holmes in a 1904 illustration by Sidney Paget.

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character created by British author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A London-based "consulting detective" whose abilities border on the fantastic, Holmes is known for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any disguise, and his use of forensic science to solve difficult cases.

The character first appeared in print in 1887, and was featured in four novels and fifty-six short stories by Conan Doyle, as well as later works by other authors. The first novel, A Study in Scarlet, appeared in "Beeton's Christmas Annual" in 1887 and the second, The Sign of the Four, in "Lippincott's Monthly Magazine" in 1890. The character's popularity grew with the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine, beginning with "A Scandal in Bohemia" in 1891; additional short-story series and two novels (published in serial form) appeared from then to 1927. The events in the stories take place from about 1880 to 1914.[1]


Sherlock Holmes is one of the most influential characters in the history of English literature. In the Sherlock Holmes stories, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, first appearing in 1887. Holmes is a brilliant "Consulting Detective", one who is a private detective and aids the police, who solves crimes in Victorian and Edwardian London using his powers of Deduction. Deduction, similar to inferences and at times the same thing, consists of scientific observation paired with rationalization of why a certain or person or thing is there or why it will happen in the future. For instance upon their first meeting between Holmes and his friend Dr. John Watson he is able to tell that Watson has recently returned from Afghanistan by his tan, posture, the way he carries himself etc. Holmes also demonstrates, in his books, the basis of modern forensic science, mainly through Holmes' back round in Chemistry. Holmes is a great fictional character inspiring us to observe and deduce!


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