03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sherlock Holmes: Arthur Conan Doyle's Mixed Feelings Towards His Character

For Sherlock Holmes, the most important date on the calendar is Christmas--and not just because the latest film to feature him comes out on Dec. 25.

In a sense, literature's most famous detective was born on that day: The first story Arthur Conan Doyle ever wrote about Holmes, an 1887 novel called "A Study in Scarlet," appeared in Beeton's Christmas Annual.

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