Conan Doyle's Account

Early in April 1901, writing began with Doyle spending days on Dartmoor working on the Hound story while staying at James Rowe’s Duchy Hotel in Princetown. Built with granite from the prison quarry, the hotel had a simple exterior and its interior would rely for heating by large open fireplaces fueled by locally dug peat.

Duchy Hotel

While in residence, on April 2, 1901 Doyle wrote to his mother:


Robinson and I are exploring the moor together over our Sherlock Holmes book. I think it will work splendidly--indeed I have already done nearly half of it. Holmes is at his very best, and it is a highly dramatic idea--which I owe to Robinson.


Actually, while Conan Doyle used the topography of the Moor, he took artistic license with the names. The deadly but fictitious Great Grimpen Mire was inspired by the equally deadly – but all too real – Fox Tor Mire."

Moreover, when Doyle told the editor of the Strand magazine about the new story he insisted on one condition:


I must do it with my friend Fletcher Robinson, and his name must appear with mine. I can answer for the yarn being all my own, my own style without dilution, since your readers like that. But he gave me the central idea and the local colour, and I feel his name must appear.


Soon after, between August 1901 and April 1902, The Hound of the Baskervilles appeared in monthly installments in the Strand Magazine and in book form in 1902.


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