Today in History: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Is Published

| October 31, 2016

161031_news_219x365Why were magazines and newspapers so instrumental in the publication of detective stories? Does the book format elevate popular reading? What educational methods can we adapt from sleuthing? How does our work in libraries fit in? Ever consider the relevance of Sherlock Holmes on Halloween? Care to investigate the paranormal at Teachers College?

On October 31, 1892, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle was published in book form in London by George Newnes after appearing as installments in The Strand Magazine and other popular magazines. Doyle was a Scotsman who studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh where he met Dr. Joseph Bell, inspiration for the greatest fictional detective of all time. Sherlock Holmes, a “consulting detective”, is famed to this day for his powers of observation and logical reasoning, as well as his knowledge of forensic science. He is widely adapted into stage and radio plays, television, films, video games, and other media — prompting us to explore the news of the 1892 book publication.

The following articles are selected from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.

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