The Hound of the Baskervilles is a novel by Arthur Conan Doyle that was first published in 1902 after being serialized in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902. The novel represented the return of the famous English detective Sherlock Holmes after Conan Doyle had attempted to kill him off in 1893 in the story “The Final Problem.” The author, who had wearied of being solely identified with his most famous creation, had spent the intervening years writing both fiction and nonfiction before finally bowing to the immense public pressures (and huge financial rewards) to revive Holmes.


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