5163Contemporaries of Sherlock Holmes
- Apr 24, 2017
There were many contemporaries of Sherlock Holmes who never achieved the renown he had.
One of the prominent contemporaries was perhaps the first ever blind detective, in a series of popular stories for the .
Although Carrados is blind, his other senses – especially his hearing – have more than made up for his lack of sight, and he can read newspaper print by touch and hear things which others are all but deaf to.
The Max Carrados stories appeared alongside Sherlock Holmes in the Strand Magazine, in which they often had top billing, and frequently outsold his eminent contemporary at the time, even if they failed to achieve the longevity of Holmes
George Orwell declared them to be, along with Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes canon and R. Austin Freeman’s stories, ‘the only detective stories since Poe that are worth re-reading’.
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