Arthur Morrison

(1899 words)

The legendary fame of Arthur Conan Doyle’s amateur detective, Sherlock Holmes, seems to be unbounded. However, few people are aware of Doyle’s successor in The Strand Magazine after his creation Holmes tumbled to his death at the Reichenbach Falls in the December 1893 edition of the magazine. The challenge of creating a new mythical hero towards the end of the nineteenth century was embraced by Arthur Morrison, whose detective, Martin Hewitt, succeeded in replacing Holmes in the affections of the magazine’s middle and working class readers. Hewitt featured in twenty-five stories, the first seven of which were published serially in The Strand Magazine from March-September 1894, and were illustrated by Sidney Paget. …

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Morrison, Kathleen. "Arthur Morrison". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 October 2013
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]