The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Hardbound)
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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, originally published in 1894 by Arthur Conan Doyle. In the American edition there are eleven stories, while in others there are twelve. All these stories appeared in the Strand Magazine.
The first story, “Silver Blaze” is about the disappearance of a famous race horse on the eve of an important race and on the apparent murder of its trainer. The “Adventure of the Yellow Face” is one of Doyle’s sentimental pieces. The plot of the story, “The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk” is reminiscent of that in “The Red-Headed League”, as it also involves an elaborate hoax designed to remove an inconvenient person from the scene. The story “The Adventure of the Gloria Scott” is chronologically the earliest case in Sherlock Holmes canon, and is the first case to which Holmes applied his power of deduction. “The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual” shares elements with two tales of Elgar Allan Poe, “The Gold Bug” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” The story “The Adventure of Resident Patient” is about an unusual problem brought by Dr. Percy Travelyan to Holmes. Having been a brilliant student but with small financial means, Dr. Travelyan finds himself in an unusual business arrangement. A man called Blessington has some money to invest. He sets Dr. Travelyan at a nice premises and bears all expenses. In return he demands three-fourths of the money that the doctor’s practice earns. Things go on well until comes the news the Blessington has hanged herself, but actually he was murdered!
The stories in the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes are very popular. Each story has been adapted in TV series.About the Author
Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (May 1859 – July 1930), a British writer and physician, is most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes. His stories are widely acclaimed as milestones in the field of crime fiction. Doyle is also known for writing the fictional adventures of Professor Challenger, another character created by him, and for popularising the mystery of the Mary Celeste. He was a prolific writer and his writings include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.
From 1876 to 1881, Doyle studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh Medical School. He began writing short stories while studying. His first published piece, “The Mystery of Sasassa Valley”, a story set in South Africa, was printed in Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal in 1879. The same year, he published his first academic article, “Gelsemium as a Poison” in the British Medical Journal, a study which was regarded by the Daily Telegraph as potentially useful in a 21st century alleged murder investigation.
Doyle’s first work featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson was A Study in Scarlet, which appeared in the Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1886 and received good reviews in The Scotsman and the Glasgow Herald.
It is said that despite the roaring success of Sherlock Holmes, he wanted to wind up the character “for good and all” as he “took his mind from better things.” But the publishers demanded more Holmes stories and were willing to pay him the large sums he asked. As a result, Doyle became one of the best-paid authors of his time. Holmes featured in a total of 56 short stories—the last published in 1927—and four novels by Doyle, and has since appeared in many novels and stories by other authors.
Arthur Conan Doyle influenced Agatha Christie and many other detective fiction writers with his famous detective/fiction stories.
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