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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his famous tale The Hound of the Baskervilles in response to popular demand for another Sherlock Holmes story. The legendary curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles warns of a devil-beast that haunts the moors near the Baskerville home on the English moors. But the new heir of the family is determined to disprove the legend and solve the mystery of his uncle's recent death, so he calls on the expertise of Sherlock Holmes and his loyal assistant Dr. ...
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Overview

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his famous tale The Hound of the Baskervilles in response to popular demand for another Sherlock Holmes story. The legendary curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles warns of a devil-beast that haunts the moors near the Baskerville home on the English moors. But the new heir of the family is determined to disprove the legend and solve the mystery of his uncle's recent death, so he calls on the expertise of Sherlock Holmes and his loyal assistant Dr. Watson.

This unique Whole Story edition combines a thrilling mystery with detailed captions and related factual information about Conan Doyle, late-nineteenth century England, and the enormous success of Sherlock Holmes. The background information, illustrations, and photographs all come together to put the story in the context of its era.

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Children's Literature
This book in Viking's "The Whole Story" series takes a documentary approach to a beloved old story. This edition is a treasure for the Sherlock Holmes fan or to anyone wanting to know more about the detective, his creator and their times. The profuse illustrations, many of which originated during the time the book was originally published, include drawings, photos, maps and paintings. The extended captions provide a wealth of fascinating background information about the history, traditions, culture, literature and science at the beginning of the 20th century, among other subjects. Other original illustrations complement the detective story. The text is the complete, unabridged story first published as a hugely popular serial in 1901. Over the years, it has remained popular with mystery fans and inspired several movies. It is almost like two books in one where the story is enriched by studying the captions and pictures before diving into it. Some of the other books in "The Whole Story" series are Heidi, Treasure Island, A Christmas Carol, and Around the World in Eighty Days. The book includes notes by Jean-Pierre Naugrette, which are translated by Bill May. 2004 (orig. 1901), Viking/Penguin Young Readers, Ages 10 to Adult.
—Janet Crane Barley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670036530
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/12/2004
  • Series: Whole Story Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was both a doctor and a believer in spirits, which may partly explain why his Sherlock Holmes is one of literature's most beloved detectives: Holmes always approaches his cases with the gentility and logic of a scientist, but the stories are suffused with an aura of the supernatural. Narrated by devoted assistant Dr. John H. Watson, Holmes's adventures were so addictive that fans protested the master deducer's "death" in 1893 and Doyle had to resurrect him.

Biography

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After nine years in Jesuit schools, he went to Edinburgh University, receiving a degree in medicine in 1881. He then became an eye specialist in Southsea, with a distressing lack of success. Hoping to augment his income, he wrote his first story, A Study in Scarlet. His detective, Sherlock Holmes, was modeled in part after Dr. Joseph Bell of the Edinburgh Infirmary, a man with spectacular powers of observation, analysis, and inference. Conan Doyle may have been influenced also by his admiration for the neat plots of Gaboriau and for Poe's detective, M. Dupin. After several rejections, the story was sold to a British publisher for £25, and thus was born the world's best-known and most-loved fictional detective. Fifty-nine more Sherlock Holmes adventures followed.

Once, wearying of Holmes, his creator killed him off, but was forced by popular demand to resurrect him. Sir Arthur -- he had been knighted for this defense of the British cause in his The Great Boer War -- became an ardent Spiritualist after the death of his son Kingsley, who had been wounded at the Somme in World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in Sussex in 1930.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 22, 1859
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      July 7, 1930
    2. Place of Death:
      Crowborough, Sussex, England

Table of Contents

I Mr. Sherlock Holmes 9
II The Curse of the Baskervilles 17
III The Problem 29
IV Sir Henry Baskerville 39
V Three Broken Threads 52
VI Baskerville Hall 63
VII The Stapletons of Merripit House 74
VIII First Report of Dr. Watson 89
IX The Light Upon the Moor: Second Report of Dr. Watson 97
X Extract from the Diary of Dr. Watson 115
XI The Man on the Tor 126
XII Death on the Moor 140
XIII Fixing the Nets 153
XIV The Hound of the Baskervilles 166
XV A Retrospection 179
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  • Posted April 16, 2011

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    Excellent story but don't buy this copy

    This is an excellent story. I've read it several times over the years. I would not, however recommend getting this version. I downloaded it as a free version and as they say you get what you pay for. This version has a lot of characters and symbols inserted in the text and, while it is not impossible to read, it is highly annoying.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2010

    too many misspelled words!

    I know this is a free edition, but why are so many words misspelled? It really detracts from my enjoyment of the book.

    9 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

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    Rating the e-book, not the novel

    I wanted to re-read The Hound of the Baskervilles now that I have my nook. However I couldn't get through the first 5 pages with all of the spelling errors, random symbols and strange page breaks and inserts. This review is not against Arthur Conan Doyle's work, but rather the shotty job of the transcribers...

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2011

    free but bad Free but bad

    I got to page 9 and gave up because of the misspelled words.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Sucks

    This book is so frickin confusing.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2010

    This is a solid classic book that I enjoyed.

    I had never read any Sherlock Holmes books and that is why I chose this book to buy. It was a relatively short book compared to most. I enjoyed the descriptions and especially the dry British wit used throughout the book. My biggest "problem" with the book was the fact that it was written over 100 years ago and it took me awhile to get used to the way they talked and many of the sayings they used. I did not find it the kind of book that I can't set down until it is finished but I enjoyed it and am very glad I bought it. As a "classic" I would recommend it to those who like to try a variety of books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Classic

    Still a great.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Great boik Great book

    Love it. A true recommendation! I am doing this play in my acting class!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Amazing but a little overly detailed

    This is an amazing book. My school class read it, I was the only one who actually read it. All though I think there was too much detail, and I was confused about scene changes... such as I thought they were in a hotel and they were on a road. It was still amazing!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Unreadable copy

    I am new at this and learned quickly to read reviews first. This copy is impossible to read with all the little formatting errors.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    This stinks!

    This stinks! Who typed this, a five year old. Thank gosh its free. I barely made it through the first sentence! - 100 stars

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Is it real?

    I have to read this book for summer reading, and i wanted to know if this was the real one, because the other versions that seem real are $4.99 instead of just $.99. If someone xould reply, i would be very happy. Thank you for your time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    :(

    I hate this book!I had to read it for school and I did not understand it!:(

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Typos

    Major typos make it a bit hard to follow towards the end. I guess you get what you pay for.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    maya903

    I love this book one of my absolute favorites!!100% :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    This free version isn't worth it

    There are so many wierd characters & wrong words it is distracting. This review is purely in reference to the electronic verdion & not on the story itself.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 22, 2014

    V<br> V<br> V

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    WOW

    It really good for 18 under

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Whateves

    Just reading it for school

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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