Notecard about Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Bell and A Study in Scarlet
From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Arthur Conan Doyle made a mistake about the publishing date of his own novel A Study in Scarlet, which was published in 1887 not 1888.
It is a fact that Holmes has some traits of Dr Bell of Edinburgh. To say that he is entirely based upon him would be an exaggeration. My first book (I have written stories since 1878) was 'A Study in Scarlet', a Sherlock Holmes booklet published as Beetons Annual in 1888.
A. Conan Doyle
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