Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles

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The best-known of all the Sherlock Holmes stories seems to have been hatched on a golf course at Cromer in Norfolk, where Arthur Conan Doyle and his friend Bertram Fletcher Robinson were on holiday in 1901. Fletcher Robinson had grown up in Devon close to Dartmoor, and knew about local legends, and he claimed he suggested to Conan Doyle the plot of the story. In April they travelled to Dartmoor together to explore the moor and gather material for what Conan Doyle in a letter called “our Sherlock Holmes book”. When the tale appeared, first serialized in the Strand Magazine (1901-2) and then as a book published by George Newnes (1902), Conan Doyle acknowledged Fletcher Robinson’s contribution several times in …

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Kerr, Douglas. "The Hound of the Baskervilles". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 September 2009
[, accessed 28 November 2015.]

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