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Holmes's "Death" and The Return...

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G. K. Chesterton made this undated and unpublished drawing of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Moriarty struggling at the Reichenbach Falls.

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Manuscript excerpt from "The Final Problem."

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The Return of Sherlock Holmes. London: George Newnes, 1905.

The public outcry at the apparent death of Sherlock Holmes was immense. The period during which he was apparently dead, known to loyal followers as the "Great Hiatus," ended in the fall of 1903 when Conan Doyle accepted an offer from Collier's Weekly and resumed the detective's career. Holmes reappeared in disguise in Watson's rooms, causing him to faint for the only time in his life. This third collection of stories formed The Return of Sherlock Holmes volume.


Bloomington by Gaslight:
Sherlock Holmes in the Lilly Library