The HOUND of the Baskervilles

The HOUND of the Baskervilles

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by Arthur Conan Doyle

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Paperback with 77 Pages of Additional Content (Summaries, Critical Notes, Glossary, Exercises, and more)

The Hound of the Baskervilles of the Ratna Sagar Classics Series is an enriched edition that any keen reader of literature will be pleased to have. The book includes:

a. Brief,


Paperback with 77 Pages of Additional Content (Summaries, Critical Notes, Glossary, Exercises, and more)

The Hound of the Baskervilles of the Ratna Sagar Classics Series is an enriched edition that any keen reader of literature will be pleased to have. The book includes:

a. Brief, well-written Introduction to the novel

b. Annotations that are comprehensive, covering not only the meanings of words and phrases peculiar to the period in which the book was written, but explaining any concept or historical event that may not be easily understood or recalled

c. Summary at the end of each chapter that is concise yet sufficiently detailed to provide a faithful reproduction of that part of the story

d. Critical notes at the end of each chapter that present an analysis of the chapter so that the reader can identify the nuances, allusions, and underlying meanings, and therefore appreciate the story better

e. General notes at the end of the book that present an overview of the book, contexting it in the period in which it was written, and discuss the major themes, characters, or the genre of the book

f. Artwork that bring to life certain episodes in the story

Photographs and a description of Dartmoor, where the action of the novel mainly takes place

Suggestions for further reading and website links that the reader will find informative and helpful

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is perhaps best known for his master creation, the detective Sherlock Holmes. However, at one point, the author believed that Holmes was distracting him and taking his 'mind from better things'. He killed Holmes in The Final Problem, but after public outcry over it, revived the legendary detective in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Serialized in The Strand Magazine (August 1901-April 1902), the story is a haunting thriller that pits the rational against the supernatural. The death of an aristocrat which points to an old family curse, giant footprints of an unearthly glowing hound, and the curse looming over a young descendant are elements that create the inimitable ambience of horror in the story.

The surroundings of Dartmoor in South Devon, a county in Southern England, is the main stage for the action of the novel and a perfect setting for a murder plot. The treacherous moor and the brooding and bleak Dartmoor prison adds to the element of horror, making the novel an edge-of-the-seat thriller. The novel was possibly a result of Conan Doyle's meeting with a journalist, Bertram Fletcher Robinson, aboard a ship on his way back to England from Africa. Robinson told Doyle about the legend of a ghostly hound. He also took Doyle to some deserted English moors and prehistoric ruins. Robinson also told him captivating local legends about escaped prisoners and an aristocrat, who had come to harm from his family dog. All these might have inspired Doyle to create The Hound of the Baskervilles.

The story was published in the last year of the Victorian era. Although the setting and means of communication were very different from what they are today, Holmes's method of bringing the guilty to law and the author's skill in creating spine-chilling horror are what make the story enjoyable and popular even today.

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Meet the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), author and creator of the legendary Sherlock Holmes, was born in Scotland and studied medicine in Edinburgh University. He set up his medical practice in Southsea, but when it failed to do well, he started writing stories. Doyle's biggest achievement was the creation of Sherlock Holmes, whose methods of deduction were drawn from Doyle's own experience as a medical student. In later life, Doyle turned towards spiritualism and wrote several books on the subject

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 22, 1859
Date of Death:
July 7, 1930
Place of Birth:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Death:
Crowborough, Sussex, England
Edinburgh University, B.M., 1881; M.D., 1885

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The Hound of the Baskervilles 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing!!! Highly recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 12 years old, sixth grade. I am reading this book in my literature circles. Although I am only about half way through the book, I can definately say it is a great book. We have to read 9 novels by the end of the year (we only get to choose from a certain pile of nine books) and i have to admit, this was one of my last picks, i was really hesitant to read it. I have now learned that i do not only like girl stories and romance novels among funny books, but now i have been exposed to a whole nother world of literature. For this, i very much thank my teacher. Now, reguarding the actual book, I am very much enjoying it. I do have to admit that some words i need to look up, but that is easy on nook! It really grabs your attention in some parts, but sometimes, more in the beginning, you can get a little bored. Many people say that kids cannot enjoy these books, they are wrong! ~alicia s.
nick_martinez More than 1 year ago
Upon reading the first few paragraphs of the novel, I did not think I would bear reading the entire thing. It features mildly complicated vocabulary and is spoken in an English which I am not too familiar with. Yet, putting this aside I found the story to be quite interesting and even had me wanting to read the next chapter right then at some points. The mystery and suspense of the story for most parts keeps it slow-paced. But, there are scenes of the novel which display fast-paced and even violent action. Again, to my surprise the novel drew me in and kept me all the way through!
heathcliffheathcliff More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended!
CCchamp93 More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing and extremely entertaining and impossible to put down. This book was very interesting and a classic mystery type and a typical Sherlock Holmes edition. The mystery was dark and morbid while the characters involved all seemed to be quite harmless, that is to the unsuspecting eye but not to Sherlock Holmes of course. He is the top authority on all mysteries and he proves it in this book with his daring antics and his amazingly acurate deductions. The vocabulary was mildly difficult, the plot was great, the authors tone was incredible. A perfect fit into the mystery genre, the clues had me thinking in circles i couldn't figure out anything untill the clues started to piece together, the book was like a puzzle the more clues you got the more the picture became clearer. I loved this book.
EnglishPeriod1 More than 1 year ago
I can recommend this book to most who enjoy the dry wit of Sherlock Holmes novels. I advise you to start with "A Letter In Scarlet" if you have not yet read it because out of his four novels you should start at the beginning. I'm happy to say the deductive reasoning and plot twists that come with all Holmes' escapades transcends into this book no less diminished. I'm not out to ruin any plot twists but you won't see them coming. You may expect one thing, but from around a corner Holmes will correct you with his cold hard decisive perceptional skills. And thats what makes it an Arthur Conan Doyle novel a shrewd parched novel devoid of emotional thoughts and feelings. This will be a safe assumption for all of the Sherlock Holmes novels.
sarafenix More than 1 year ago
I think it was Sherlock Holmes that taught me logical thinking and that has gotten me in trouble for quite a while!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are always the best!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I use this novel at a college level to teach the rhetorical modalities of writing. The plot, characterization, and typically Doyle plot movement allow the methodology to be taught is a more interesting way. Students like the story and, in the process, learn the writing modalities..much kinder than lecturing about them! As for the novel itself, anyone who like Arthur Conan Doyle will recognize his wit, his description, his plot development, and his utterly British environment. I have always loved Sherlock Holmes and hope that readers continue to visit him generation by generation.
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite Holmes' books!  Ah! The intrigue, such mastery of a mystery plot. And the twists! Yes, one of my favorite plot twists in all of literature.
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rmattos More than 1 year ago
In this particular adventure, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson deal with a legendary hound who kills Baskervilles family members, a curse that Holmes and Dr. Watson are not buying into it. After the death of Charles Baskerville from pure terror, the legend get strength and the heir of the state (Hugo Baskerville) asks for Holmes help to solve the mystery involving his uncle's death. Dr. Watson accompanies Hugo at Baskerville Hall in Devonshire, as Holmes have to stay in London so finish some other cases he is working on. While there, Watson hear on the moor the creepy sound of a hound... All the relationship with the neighbors and the employees of the house are well developed and the surprising appearance of Holmes just in time to prevent another crime is superb.  If you enjoy reading mystery stories, definitely you cannot miss this one, a classic among mystery stories. Very entertaining and with surprising twists on the plot, it took me around 4 hours to read the whole book.
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East read, fun from beginning to end