The Hound Of The Baskerviile By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Essay

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RATIONALISM AND SUPERSTITION: A CRITICAL STUDY OF THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVIILE BY SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE The book “The Hound Of The Baskerville” was written in 1901. The novel was published in serial form from 1901 to 1902. It continues to enjoy much success today and is considered by some Sherlock Holmes scholars to be Doyle’s best work. It has inspired over twenty film and television reinterpretations, made in diverse places such as Germany, Australia, Canada, the United States, and of course, the United Kingdom. The most recent such reinvention of this story can be seen in the BBC series Sherlock, although this retelling very much differs from the original novel. Doyle was inspired to write the novel when he was staying with his friend, Bertram Fletcher Robinson in 1901. He named the character Sir Henry Baskerville after the gardener of Robinson named Harry Baskerville. Doyle had met Robinson on a return voyage from South Africa and Robinson told him about a legend from his home region of Devon, England. Later, Robinson showed Doyle the moor known as Dartmoor, upon which the story is based. It is the largest open space in the southern region of England. In a letter to his mother, Mary, Doyle commented that the moor was “a great place, very sad and wild, dotted with the dwellings of prehistoric man, huts and graves”. And this is where Doyle got his inspiration from. The atmosphere of a place uninhabited by man is pervasive in the story and is actually different from many

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