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The Hound of the Baskervilles Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Hound of the Baskervilles

When Conan Doyle was feeling particularly oppressed by Sherlock Holmes, he killed the character in The Final Problem. Eight years later, in 1901, he wrote The Hound of Baskervilles, which in Sherlock’s world predates The Final Problem.

Conan Doyle was inspired to write The Hound of Baskervilles when he visited a manor in Devonshire. Early drafts did not include Sherlock Holmes. When Conan Doyle realized he had the escaped convict, the estate, and the huge hound but no hero, he knew it was time to bring Sherlock back.

The legend in The Hound of Baskervilles has some truth as Conan Doyle was told a legend of Devon, England by his friend Bertram Fletcher Robinson. Robinson also showed...

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