Sherlock Holmes

ISBN-10: 0393059162
ISBN-13: 9780393059168
Edition: 2005 (Annotated)
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Description: This two volume set collects Doyle's fifty-six classic short stories, arranged in the order in which they appeared in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century book editions, in a set complemented by four novels, editor biographies of Doyle,  More...

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List price: $95.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/17/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 650
Size: 9.25" wide x 10.75" long x 4.00" tall
Weight: 7.832
Language: English

This two volume set collects Doyle's fifty-six classic short stories, arranged in the order in which they appeared in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century book editions, in a set complemented by four novels, editor biographies of Doyle, Holmes, and Watson as well as literary and cultural details about Victorian society.

The most famous fictional detective in the world is Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. However, Doyle was, at best, ambivalent about his immensely successful literary creation and, at worst, resentful that his more "serious" fiction was relatively ignored. Born in Edinburgh, Doyle studied medicine from 1876 to 1881 and received his M.D. in 1885. He worked as a military physician in South Africa during the Boer War and was knighted in 1902 for his exceptional service. Doyle was drawn to writing at an early age. Although he attempted to enter private practice in Southsea, Portsmouth, in 1882, he soon turned to writing in his spare time; it eventually became his profession. As a Liberal Unionist, Doyle ran, unsuccessfully, for Parliament in 1903. During his later years, Doyle became an avowed spiritualist. Doyle sold his first story, "The Mystery of the Sasassa Valley," to Chambers' Journal in 1879. When Doyle published the novel, A Study in Scarlet in 1887, Sherlock Holmes was introduced to an avid public. Doyle is reputed to have used one of his medical professors, Dr. Joseph Bell, as a model for Holmes's character. Eventually, Doyle wrote three additional Holmes novels and five collections of Holmes short stories. A brilliant, though somewhat eccentric, detective, Holmes employs scientific methods of observation and deduction to solve the mysteries that he investigates. Although an "amateur" private detective, he is frequently called upon by Scotland Yard for assistance. Holmes's assistant, the faithful Dr. Watson, provides a striking contrast to Holmes's brilliant intellect and, in Doyle's day at least, serves as a character with whom the reader can readily identify. Having tired of Holmes's popularity, Doyle even tried to kill the great detective in "The Final Problem" but was forced by an outraged public to resurrect him in 1903. Although Holmes remained Doyle's most popular literary creation, Doyle wrote prolifically in other genres, including historical adventure, science fiction, and supernatural fiction. Despite Doyle's sometimes careless writing, he was a superb storyteller. His great skill as a popular author lay in his technique of involving readers in his highly entertaining adventures.

John le Carre was born in 1931. After attending the univesities of Berne and Oxford, he spent five years in the British Foreign Service. He's the author of eighteen novels, translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in England.

Preface
A Study in Scarlet
(Being a reprint from the reminiscences of John H. Watson, m.d., late of the Army Medical Department)
Mr. Sherlock Holmes
The Science of Deduction
The Lauriston Garden Mystery
What John Rance Had to Tell
Our Advertisement Brings a Visitor
Tobias Gregson Shows What He Can Do
Light in the Darkness
The Country of the Saints
On the Great Alkali Plain
The Flower of Utah
John Ferrier Talks with the Prophet
A Flight for Life
The Avenging Angels
A Continuation of the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, m.d.
The Conclusion
"Mr. Sherlock Holmes,"
The Sign of Four
The Science of Deduction
The Statement of the Case
In Quest of a Solution
The Story of the Bald-Headed Man
The Tragedy of Pondicherry Lodge
Sherlock Holmes Gives a Demonstration
The Episode of the Barrel
The Baker Street Irregulars
A Break in the Chain
The End of the Islander
The Great Agra Treasure
The Strange Story of Jonathan Small
The Dating of The Sign of Four
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Mr. Sherlock Holmes
The Curse of the Baskervilles
The Problem
Sir Henry Baskerville
Three Broken Threads
Baskerville Hall
The Stapletons of Merripit House
First Report of Dr. Watson
Second Report of Dr. Watson
Extract from the Diary of Dr. Watson
The Man on the Tor
Death on the Moor
Fixing the Nets
The Hound of the Baskervilles
A Retrospection
The Butterfly and the Orchid
The Source of The Hound of the Baskervilles
Was Richard Cabell "Hugo Baskerville"?
The Search for Baskerville Hall
The Dating of The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Valley of Fear
The Tragedy of Birlstone
The Warning
Sherlock Holmes Discourses
The Tragedy of Birlstone
Darkness
The People of the Drama
A Dawning Light
The Solution
The Scowrers
The Man
The Bodymaster
Lodge 341, Vermissa
The Valley of Fear
The Darkest Hour
Danger
The Trapping of Birdy Edwards
Epilogue
"Who, Then, Is Porlock?"
People, Places, and Incidents in The Valley of Fear with Their Pennsylvania Counterparts
The Dating of The Valley of Fear
Chronological Table: The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes
Selected Sources
General
A Study in Scarlet
The Sign of Four
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Valley of Fear
Notes for Scholars
Acknowledgements

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