Well I 'm sure most of you have heard of the Sherlock Holmes, am I right? Raise your hand if you have read a Sherlock Holmes novel or seen a film adaption? Just as I had deduced! The famous logician has been played by many actors such as Basil Rathbone (my mum 's personal favourite), Robert Downy Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. Recently I have reread my favourite Holmes novel, 'A Study in Scarlet ', which is the first instalment in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 's detective series. First published by Ward, Lock & Co. in Beeton 's Christmas Annual in 1887, this intriguing and somewhat controversial story did not gain instant attention with the public, but without it, the great Sherlock Holmes wouldn 't be a well known name in our classic literature and pop-culture.
'A Study in Scarlet ' is a well known classic and a part of the Penguin Classics publications, yet this novel does not appear in the literary canon, despite it 's significant influences within the literary period. This book not only looks at relevant subject matter and themes, but also covers many of Mortimer Adler 's great ideas. Based on Edgar Allen Poe 's Dupin, Conan Doyle created an analytical genius with deductive prowess. The title comes from Holme 's opinion about the case. He says, "There 's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it."
Unlike many classics, most of this novel isn 't elaborated with beautifully written descriptions, rather, it is mostly straight to the point as the first part is John Watson 's personal observations. The whole feel of the plot changes in part two where it becomes a more story-like flashback wr...
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...ressed them." Levi Edgar Young, a mormon general authority, claimed that before Doyle died he privatly apologised saying that "he had been misled by writing of the time about the church," and had "written a scurrilous book about Mormons." Since this is seen as offensive now, many adaptions, such as the BBC version, 'A Study in Pink ', leave out the flash back and change the Jefferson Hope 's motive for the crime. Although this plot could have been completely scrapped from productions, the other themes were relevant and interesting enough to lure film writers into continue using the story.
So I would encourage you all to read the novel that gave birth to one of the most famous fictional detectives in history. Although this classic did not make the literary canon, it is still regarded an influential text to modern audiences, and will always be a favourite of mine.
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