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His Last Bow Illustrated

ByArthur Conan Doyle

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His Last Bow is a Sherlock Holmes adventure published by Arthur Conan Doyle in England inside the September 1917 edition of the Strand Magazine by Colliers Magazine in the United States. Although considered part of the official canon, the story stands out from those tales most familiar to casual fans of Sherlock Holmes for a variety of reasons. Foremost among those reasons is that His Last Bow is not part of Dr. John Watson’s recorded accounts of the Holmes greatest cases and is therefore written from the third person perspective. Less obviously different from the stories that came before is singularly interesting bit of trivia about Holmes which occurs during the course of his investigation in the story: the first, last and only record of Holmes riding in an automobile to be found in the official canon. And finally there is the fact that His Last Bow contains the record of a case investigated by Holmes after his retirement to Sussex to work on his voluminous guide to bees. Also of interest to the more than casual fan of Sherlock Holmes is reference to his being 60 years old in the year in which the story is set. Since that year is 1914, all it takes is some simple mathematical calculations to roughly arrive at his birth year. The provenance of His Last Bow also sets it apart from the vast majority of the other stories about Sherlock penned by Doyle. Although politics enters into the arena of various Holmes stories in ways that verge from the overt to the barely detectable, none were as directly inspired by the motivation to use Holmes’ popularity as a political soapbox quite as directly as this story. Doyle recounted that it was an almost offhand inquiry from a French military officer that brought into the discourse of the resistance effort during the First World War the question of how Sherlock himself might have contributed to victory against the dreaded Hun.


Publication Date
Jun 20, 2021
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
By (author): Arthur Conan Doyle


Interior Color
Black & White
US Letter (8.5 x 11 in / 216 x 279 mm)

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