Study in Scarlet and the Sign of Four

ISBN-10: 0486431665

ISBN-13: 9780486431666

Edition: 2003

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A Study in Scarlet brings Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson together for the first time, creating one of the most illustrious crime-solving partnerships of all times. In The Sign of Four, an incredible tale of greed and revenge unfolds as Holmes and Watson accompany a beautiful young woman to the dark heart of London.
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List price: $5.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/17/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

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.

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 Gardens 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 Watson, M.D.
The Conclusion
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
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