Arthur Conan Doyle
The first story Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about Holmes, an 1887 novel called A Study ín Scarlet, appeared in Beeton's Christmas Annual. In a sense, literature's most famous detective was born on that day.
Another entry in the Holmes canon, The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, ís a Christmas tale that Doyle's devotees often cite as a personal favoríte.
Later, when Doyle tired of Holmes, he killed off his character during the yuletide. In The Final Problem, the fatal encounter between Holmes and his archnemesis, Moriarty, takes place in the spring, but the story itself appeared in the December 1893 issue of The Strand Magazine.
Such was the uproar from Sherlock Holmes' fans, Conan Doyle was later persuaded to resurrect the detective and create further stories to meet the public's demand.
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