Sherlock Holmes Anthology #1 (Illustrated)

Sherlock Holmes Anthology #1 (Illustrated)

by Arthur Conan Doyle

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Overview

This anthology includes five of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's best-known Sherlock Holmes works: A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and The Return of Sherlock Holmes. Each is complete in every way, including all of the original illustrations, rejuvenated.

#1: A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet was the first of the Sherlock Holmes series, published by Street & Smith, in 1887. It starts with Dr. Watson coming back from the war and looking for a place to settle down in London. A friend of his introduces him to Sherlock Holmes, a private investigator with some strange qualities, who is looking for someone to share a lodging with. Dr. Watson agrees to room with Sherlock Holmes. Soon after, Holmes is called upon by the police to solve a brutal murder with some strange clues. After watching the case unfold, Dr. Watson finds that Sherlock Holmes is a good housing companion. The case is solved.

#2: The Sign of the Four

The Sign of the Four (1890), also called The Sign of Four, was the second novel featuring Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle wrote four novels and 56 stories starring the fictional detective.

The story is set in 1888. The Sign of the Four has a complex plot involving service in East India Company, India, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, a stolen treasure, and a secret pact among four convicts ("the Four" of the title) and two corrupt prison guards. It presents the detective's drug habit and humanizes him in a way that had not been done in the preceding novel, A Study in Scarlet (1887). It also introduces Doctor Watson's future wife, Mary Morstan.

#3: The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of The Baskervilles opens with a mini mystery--Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson speculate on the identity of the owner of a cane that has been left in their office by an unknown visitor. Wowing Watson with his fabulous powers of observation, Holmes predicts the appearance of James Mortimer, owner of the found object and a convenient entrée into the baffling curse of the Baskervilles. (Source: Sparknotes)

#4: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It was first published on 14 October 1892; the individual stories had been serialised in The Strand Magazine between June 1891 and July 1892. The stories are not in chronological order, and the only characters common to all twelve are Holmes and Dr. Watson. The stories are related in first-person narrative from Watson's point of view.

In general the stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes identify, and try to correct, social injustices. Holmes is portrayed as offering a new, fairer sense of justice. The stories were well received, and boosted the subscriptions figures of The Strand Magazine, prompting Doyle to be able to demand more money for his next set of stories. The first story, "A Scandal in Bohemia", includes the character of Irene Adler, who, despite being featured only within this one story by Doyle, is a prominent character in modern Sherlock Holmes adaptations, generally as a love interest for Holmes. Doyle included four of the twelve stories from this collection in his twelve favourite Sherlock Holmes stories, picking "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" as his overall favourite.

#5: The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories, by Arthur Conan Doyle, originally published in 1903-1904. The stories were published in the Strand Magazine in Great Britain, and Collier's in the United States.

The book was first published in February 1905 by McClure, Phillips & Co. (New York) then on March 7, 1905 by Georges Newnes, Ltd. (London) and was the first Holmes collection since 1893, when Holmes had "died" in "The Final Problem". Having published The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1901–1902, which was set before Holmes' "death", Doyle came under intense pressure to revive his famous character.

The first story is set in 1894 and has Holmes returning in London and explaining the period from 1891–94, a period called "The Great Hiatus" by Sherlockian enthusiasts. Also of note is Watson's statement in the last story of the cycle that Holmes has retired, and forbids him to publish any more stories.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161546017
Publisher: Reading Bear Pubs.
Publication date: 11/03/2018
Series: Classic Detective Stories , #19
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ, DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a British writer and physician, most noted for creating the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and writing stories about him which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.

He is also known for writing the fictional adventures of a second character he invented, Professor Challenger, and for popularizing the mystery of the Mary Celeste. He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, nonfiction and historical novels.

Date of Birth:

May 22, 1859

Date of Death:

July 7, 1930

Place of Birth:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Place of Death:

Crowborough, Sussex, England

Education:

Edinburgh University, B.M., 1881; M.D., 1885

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