A luxury edition celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle's 150th anniversary
Arthur Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh. He went to Stonyhurst school and then studied medicine at Edinburgh University, where one of his professors provided the model for his most famous creation. He began publishing stories in 1879 and his first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, was published in 1887. Holmes soon became an enormously popular figure and Doyle went on to write many stories and novels about him. He also published historical fiction, plays, essays and poems on a wide variety of subjects. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died on 7 July 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.
Arthur Conan Doyle is unique in simultaneously bringing the curtain
down on an era and raising one on another, ushering in a genre of
writing that, while imitated and expanded, has never been surpassed
-- Stephen Fry
Sherlock Holmes is the very foundation stone of the edifice that is crime fiction * The Times *
I read these stories when I was a child and discussed them endlessly with my grandfather: one of my earliest literary memories. I know all the solutions off by heart now but it doesn't matter because the brilliance of the stories lies in the relationship between Holmes and Watson, which is both funny and touching -- Jonathan Coe * Sunday Express *
Now, as in his lifetime, cab drivers, statesmen, academics, and raggedy-arsed children sit spellbound at his feet -proof, if proof were needed, that Doyle's modesty of language conceals a profound tolerance of the human complexity... No wonder, then, if the pairing of Holmes and Watson has triggered more imitators than any other duo in literature. Contemporary cop dramas draw on them repeatedly -- John Le Carre * The Times *
Too much Holmes is no more likely than too much foie gras and no less desirable... Will delight his fans -- Oliver Marre * Observer *