The Hound Of The Baskerville By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Rationalism And Superstition: A Critical Study Of The Hound Of The Baskerville By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Introduction
The book The Hound Of The Baskerville was written in 1901. The novel was published in serial form from 1901 to 1902. It has proved to be a great success even today and is considered by some Sherlock Holmes scholars to be Doyle’s best work. It has inspired more than twenty film and television reinterpretations, made in diverse places such as Germany, Australia, Canada, the United States, and also the United Kingdom. The most recent such reinvention of this story can be seen in the BBC series Sherlock, although this is in fact very much different 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. Doyle also wrote a letter to her mother commenting 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 which is not inhabited by any man is pervasive in the story…
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