COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS BETWEEN A.C. DOYLE’S THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES AND A.CHRISTIE’S MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
By Adnan Varghese
1.Authors and their works respectively
2.The Books being compared and the Detectives (very brief)
.Detectives-Inspired by (general intro followed by specific detective characteristics)
.Styles of writing
5.Common features and inspirations(goes into the “The Great Detective” character
From the huge list of detective fiction authors two names stand out: those of A. C. Doyle and Agatha Christie. Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (1859-1930) initiated the period of an exceptional spread and popularity of detective fiction. He was born in Edinburgh in Scotland in a family of Roman Catholics. He was educated in Jesuit schools, and later he used his friends and teachers from Stonyhurst College as inspiration for characters in his Holmes stories. While studying medicine at Edinburgh University, he met Dr. Joseph Bell, one of his professors, whose deductive skills served as a model for Doyle’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. In 1884, Doyle married Louise Hawkins. Unsuccessful as a doctor, Doyle directed his ambitions towards literature but his first book was not accepted by any publishing house he turned to. He decided therefore to create something exciting and original and started to write detective stories. His first significant work was A Study in Scarlet which appeared in Beeton’s Christmas Annual for 1887 and featured the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes. The Sign of Four followed in 1889. It was an enormous success, and Doyle began producing one story after another, published mostly in the pages of the Strand Magazine. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Watson soon became the world’s most famous fictional pair of detectives. However, the massive initial popularity had an effect on Doyle, and his increasing hatred towards Holmes lead him...