Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Coming soon: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Preorder this new Sherlock book:

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This collector-quality edition contains the complete original text of twelve of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's enduring classic short stories in a newly edited and freshly typeset version. With a generous 6"x9" page size, this Summit Classic edition is printed on heavyweight bright white paper with a fully laminated cover featuring an original full color design. Page headers and modern page design that echoes the look and feel of traditional book publishing values exemplify the attention to detail given this volume. This volume contains twelve of Conan Doyle's original classic Sherlock Holmes adventures, first collected and published in book form in 1892. A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA; THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE; A CASE OF IDENTITY; THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY; THE FIVE ORANGE PIPS; THE MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP; THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE; THE ADVENTURE OF THE SPECKLED BAND; THE ADVENTURE OF THE ENGINEER'S THUMB; THE ADVENTURE OF THE NOBLE BACHELOR; THE ADVENTURE OF THE BERYL CORONET; THE ADVENTURE OF THE COPPER BEECHES; Additional material collected and presented for Conan Doyle fans, new or old, are a biographical sketch of the author and a detailed selected bibliography of his work. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930) is known the world over as the creator of the famous consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. But Conan Doyle was a prolific writer who produced a large body of work ranging from non-fiction and full-length novels to a wide-ranging collection of short stories. Doyle's first major success as a writer came with the debut of Sherlock Holmes in the 1887 publication of "A Study in Scarlet". Holmes was a popular sensation, and more stories followed. By 1891, Sherlock Holmes was enough to provide Doyle a living, but Doyle came to resent Holmes, who kept him from what he considered "more important" work. In 1893 he "killed" Holmes, as the detective and his archenemy, Professor Moriarty, plunged to their deaths at Reichenbach Falls in "The Final Problem". It was no mere publicity stunt. Doyle considered himself finished with Mr. Sherlock Holmes. The public uproar in reaction to Holmes' "death" shocked Doyle, with even his own mother complaining, and as the clamor continued he was forced to bring the detective back in "The Hound of the Baskervilles", published, to vast public sigh of relief, in 1901. Ironically, the character Doyle resented as a "distraction" from serious work would ultimately appear in fifty-six short stories and four novels, together with countless adaptations to films, television, cartoons, and modern pastiches by an assortment of authors. In fact, the "world's first consulting detective" is widely regarded, along with Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan, as the best-known fictional characters in the world.



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