December 19th, 2011

Detective Genre + Summary

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Though the detective genre wasn’t invented by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, he certainly made it immensely popular. The character of Holmes “was influenced by Poe’s Dupin and Gaboriau’s Lecoq,” as well as one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s teachers. Sherlock Holmes stories have been popular since the days they were serialized in Strand magazine. People always awaited the next installment of their favorite Victorian detective and medical doctor sidekick. Holmes has always been an enigma to readers – it could be said that Holmes was the mystery himself. Sherlock Holmes is such an enthralling character that there are a good number of readers around the world who insist he really existed…

In this particular short detective story, we have the King of Bohemia approach Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson with a very unique case. A woman, Irene Adler, has a photograph of them together. The King wants this photograph back, afraid that Adler will one day use it to blackmail him, especially now that he is leaving her to marry another woman.


Sherlock Holmes goes about the case with his same precision and expertise. However, Adler manages to defeat him – she escapes his grasp and leaves the country with the photograph, and with a promise to never release the photo. She leaves behind a small photo of herself for Holmes to keep – and he doesn’t mind showing Watson his well-mannered admiration for the woman that has bested him.

This site will analyze this short detective story through the use of various literary theories, and the use of the digital humanities. Have fun : )


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