Английский язык по новостям: Sherlock Holmes returns
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle killed off Sherlock Holmes when writing the stories took up too much of his time. Now, 80 years after the author's death, Britain's most famous detective is being brought back to life with a new novel by Anthony Horowitz.
The character of Sherlock Holmes was originally created by the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle, who featured him in four novels and more than 50 short stories. After his death, his son Adrian wrote several stories featuring the famous Victorian detective, but critics say he was never that popular.
But it's the first time that the Arthur Conan Doyle estate has officially asked an author to write a new novel. He has been named as Anthony Horowitz and is best known for his Alex Rider children's series. So was he daunted by the challenge?
"Well obviously, it was daunting to a certain extent and you are dealing with probably the most iconic detective in the whole history of literature. And the one thing I didn't want to do was to disappoint those really devout fans, the sort of Sherlock Holmes Society and people who love these books.
But to be honest with you, I actually found it fairly easy to write because I have loved those books since I was 16 years old, I've read them two or three times during the course of my lifetime – in fact, my whole life as a writer of crime fiction myself was, to a certain extent, inspired by Doyle and I find the book not so scary as I thought it might be."
Anthony Horowitz says he's a devoted fan and aims to produce a first rate mystery for a modern audience.
- character - образ или персонаж
- Victorian detective - частного детектива, жившего в период правления в Британии королевы Виктории (1837-1901 гг.)
- critics - критики
- was daunted - был обескуражен или слегка испуган
- to a certain extent - до некоторой степени
- iconic - культовым
- to disappoint - разочаровать
- devout fans - преданных поклонников
- crime fiction - детективов (произведений)