Sherlock Holmes has dominated detective fiction ever since his arrival in 1887. Many people believe he is a real person. His appearance marked the arrival of the detective story as a separate genre. Almost from the very beginning, actors have portrayed him on film and in the theatre with stunning portrayals including Livanoff, Rathbone, Brett and Downey. 'In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes' investigates why he is so popular and influential. It explains why the stories were created and their importance. The legend of Sherlock Holmes is studied, alongside that of his creator - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a man of many talents. The book looks in detail at places where you can go that are linked to the 'Great Detective' from the iconic 221B Baker Street, to the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland and Dartmoor. It also shows how the character has been portrayed in literature, film, television, art and drama. You can visit many of the film and television locations including Belvoir Castle, Strasbourg Cathedral, Chatham Historic Dock, the Royal College of Arms and Somerset House.

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