Course 2—Reading

A Case of Identity
by Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1939)


In Brief
course2-bookIn this story from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the famous sleuth agrees to help a young woman whose fiance has vanished, seemingly into thin air, on the way to their wedding. Without ever venturing out of his London flat, Holmes solves the mystery using his brilliant powers of reasoning and observation. Read the selection.


About the Author
The first of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories appeared in 1887, but his detective gained true fame through the series of stories he wrote for The Strand magazine starting in 1891. More Sherlock Holmes works followed, despite Doyle's attempt to kill him off. A versatile writer of science and historical fiction, Doyle resented being noted solely as the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

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