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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Stories (Special Editions)



By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; New edition edition (5 Aug. 1996)

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The original title of the book: Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Stories (Special Editions)

It is more than a century since the ascetic, gaunt and enigmatic detective, Sherlock Holmes, made his first appearance in A Study in Scarlet. From 1891, beginning with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the now legendary and pioneering Strand Magazine began serialising Arthur Conan Doyle's matchless tales of detection, featuring the incomparable sleuth patiently assisted by his doggedly loyal and lovably pedantic friend and companion, Dr Watson.

The stories are illustrated by the remarkable Sydney Paget from whom our images of Sherlock Holmes and his world derive and who first equipped Holmes with his famous deerstalker hat. The literary cult of Sherlock Holmes shows no sign of fading with time as each new generation comes to love and revere the penetrating mind and ruthless logic which were the undoing of so many Victorian master criminals.

"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 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)

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  • By Guest on 5 February 2017

    Received my book today and I absolutely love it! My photo of my cat with the book perfectly sums up my opinion of it as well as giving a rough idea of the size of the book. Firstly, the leather is sturdy and soft embossed with gold and silver which really is beautiful. I also love the inside cover which features a print inspired by important objects from the stories such as a revolver and pocket watch. The gold edging to the paper is lovely too. Will definitely be a show piece on my bookshelf! Now, onto the stories themselves. I was slightly concerned when reading the reviews but I can confirm that there are not any Americanisms in the hardback copy. The test is small but neat and easily read. Have already read A Study in Scarlet and I cannot bring myself to put it down. You truly do get what you pay for and I totally recommend the leather copy of this book! Ordered my copy late evening around 8pm and it arrived 9am the next day! Very efficient service!

  • By Sammy hart on 21 June 2017

    Ever since college I had become intrigued by Sherlock Holmes and his world; and so I tried my best to get on any and every story involving him.Considering he is in demand as ever it was never cheap to buy the seperate stories, so I was delighted when I found this collection! It was economical and I felt a sense of history and privilege with the publisher very kindly including one of the earliest illustrations to have appeared.This is a paperback so re-reading can be hazardous but totally recommended. These works no matter how many times you read them continue to thrill. Which I'm very sure is the nature of the game that is afoot.

  • By K. L. Smith on 12 January 2014

    The book is fine as far as the stories go but the Strand illustrations are reduced to small squares and poorly reproduced at that. I own a large hardback facsimile edtion of the Strand stories by the same publishers and it is first rate, with stunning reproductions . This is terrible to be honest, if you want the lovely illustrations I suggest you look elsewhere. The Kindle editions of 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' and the 'Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes' by Top Five Books publishers are the best out there out of all the Kindle editions, with great reproductions of the illustrations. Just trying to help you .

  • By Don Davis on 10 August 2014

    I first read the Sherlock Holmes stories as a child, and even 60 years on I re-read them with pleasure. It's good to have the complete collection again, together with additional editorial comments and background. The Kindle edition is not free from places where the original text has been scrambled - e.g. at location 21439, 'too' has come out as 'two' - but these are not enough to spoil one's enjoyment. What did pull me up short was a complete howler at location 21437, where the Editor's Notes refer to 'The Adventure of the Mazarin Bridge', thus confusing two completely different stories, 'The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone' and 'The Problem of Thor Bridge'. Either they were unfamiliar with the Holmesian canon, which would surely disqualify someone from editing it, or their mind just wasn't on the job. And where was the proof reader, to let this one go through?

  • By denis alder on 2 January 2015

    A great and complete collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, but the Kindle edition lacks any indexing or hyperlinks on the contents, making it impossible to navigate to any particular story without paging through from the front, which with such a long collection is practically impossible. Recommended instead is "Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection", same price and well organized with hyperlinks on contents etc.

  • By P. B. Stacey on 19 August 2012

    having only recently acquired a Tough Kindle (lol on reviewing, Touch Kindle, is a Tough Kindle)I hesitate to pay too much for a book.I had this book, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the latter fortunately was a freebie, as the "Adventures" appear to be contained in the Complete Collection.It has taken me ages to get to a comprehensive index to show up on my Kindle, kept going to the end, middle anywhere but the beginning, and then going through at my pace... .. and I am still not sure that I have the full list.at the beginning it says, 4 full length novels, 56, short stories and 9 books in all.Whether or not I still do not have the "touch" with going back and forth on these e books, I am not sure... but that has pre occupied me and can only start reading after several hours!!I really wanted to see the list of books, and was hoping I could pick out which ones to read and perhaps not read... so I am not very happy with the indexing... and however it is supposed to work.It would be helpful if we were told that the "Adventures" are included in the "Complete"...Otherwise I hope to really enjoy reading Sherlock, after seeing so much of these stories on tv.

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