The complete collection of Sherlock Holmes?s adventures in crime, including all four novels and fifty-six short stories featuring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?s classic hero.
Sir Arthur Conan Doylewas born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and began to write stories while he was a student. Over his life he produced more than 30 books, 150 short stories, poems, plays, and essays across a wide range of genres. His most famous creation is the detective Sherlock Holmes, who he introduced in his first novel,A Study in Scarlet(1887). This was followed in 1889 by an historical novel,Micah Clarke. In 1893 Conan Doyle published The Final Problem in which he killed off his famous detective so that he could turn his attention more toward historical fiction. However, Holmes was so popular that Conan Doyle eventually relented and publishedThe Hound of the Baskervillesin 1901. The events of theThe Hound of the Baskervillesare set before those of The Final Problem, but in 1903 new Sherlock Holmes stories began to appear that revealed that the detective had not died after all. He was finally retired in 1927. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died on July 7, 1930.
Though the text is not out of print, this new Barnes & Noble Classics edition is currently the most affordable collection of Holmes/ Watson outings. But don't let the price fool you. Besides the full text of the short story collections Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, this also includes the lengthier A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, and The Hound of the Baskervilles, along with introductions to the author and his writings and endnotes. You don't have to be Holmes to deduce that this is a great bargain. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.