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Title:
The return of Sherlock Holmes : a facsimile of the stories as they were first published in The Strand magazine, London
Author:
Doyle, Arthur Conan, 1859-1930.
Publication Information:
Woodbury, NY : Platinum Press, 1996.
Physical Description:
193 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A reprint of the original serial publication in The Strand magazine (London), Vols. XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII, (October, 1903-September, 1904; December, 1904)"--T.p. verso.
Language:
English
Contents:
I. The adventure of the empty house. -- II. The adventure of the Norwood builder. -- III. The adventure of the dancing men. -- IV. The adventure of the solitary cyclist. -- V. The adventure of the priory school. -- VI. The adventure of Black Peter. -- VII. The adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton. -- VIII. The adventure of the six Napoleons. -- IX. The adventure of the three students. -- X. The adventure of the golden pince-nez. -- XI. The adventure of the missing three-quarter. -- XII. The adventure of the Abbey Grange. -- XIII. The adventure of the second stain.
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ISBN:
9781879582132
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Summary

Summary

Evil masterminds beware! Sherlock Holmes is back! Ten years after his supposed death in the swirling torrent of the Reichenbach Falls locked in the arms of his arch enemy Professor Moriarty, Arthur Conan Doyle agreed to pen further adventures featuring his brilliant detective. In the first story, The Empty House, Holmes returns to Baker Street and his good friend Watson, explaining how he escaped from his watery grave.


Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Excerpts

Excerpts

In the Return of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle brings back one of his greatest characters for more sleuthing adventures. Sherlock Holmes is dead -- or so everyone thinks, including his old friend Watson. But the great detective still has a few surprises up his sleeve, including a nasty shock For The criminals who thought to profit by his absence! This collection of thirteen cases features missing persons, forced marriage, secret codes, black-hearted sailors, and much more. Written in Conan Doyle's straightforward but elegant style, The stories are steeped in mystery And The atmosphere of Victorian England. See for yourself why so many people find them addictive! Excerpted from The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.