I have very much enjoyed reading these classic tales. With so many media treatments of Sherlock Holmes out there right now, it is great fun to read the source material and see how they use it or don't use it, as the case may be.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes are a collection of twelve short stories THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (non illustrated) and millions of other books . The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Illustrated) (Engage Books) The one-star rating is for this Kindle edition, not for the stories themselves.
The stories aren't quite as action packed as modern tv or movie plots, and the language is definitely from another era, but it's very evocative, and the accompaying illustrations are perfect. It becomes clear why the character of Sherlock Holmes has become such a beloved and enduring part of the culture of Western Civilization.
One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. A collection of some of the best of the Sherlock Holmes stories - well written and highly entertaining. I like Sherlock mysteries - something in the quaint settings, the use of the language and the strongly drawn out charachter of the consulting detective never fails me. This collection of stories has been read by me numerous times but now that I have it on my Kindle I am sure to spend some time with it again, Highly recommended.
Doyle's own intelligence lends to both the character of Sherlock Holmes, but also the effectual communication of the stories themselves. Very much worth the time for those who are looking for a great read that is devoid of the trite story arch, limited intellectual dimension, and pitiful vocabulary that seems to assail the literature of today.
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Conan Doyle wrote a short Sherlock Holmes story, just words long, onto the tiny pages of a specially constructed miniature book: Though written 28 years after "The Field Bazaar", this is almost a companion piece to that story.
Like "The Field Bazaar", this story is a breakfast scene, during which Watson attempts to mimic Holmes' style in guessing his thoughts. Watson's intuitions are proved wrong, however. Unlike almost all parts of the Sherlock Holmes story it is written in the third person, presumably due to its length. Unpublished until , this play was written shortly after A Study in Scarlet was published. Holmes is not present, but Watson is, in a very different form. He acts discreditably and even marries another woman. It has many original parts which are not found in the short stories but borrows many events from the canonical adventures, namely " A Scandal in Bohemia " and " The Adventure of the Final Problem ".
It includes the very first mention of the phrase "Elementary, my dear Watson". While Conan Doyle wrote the original version, it is unclear how much of his material survived in the play as performed, which was written by Gillette.
Conan Doyle and Gillette later revised the play together; it has since been revised by others twice. Around , Doyle wrote and produced a play based on his short story " The Adventure of the Speckled Band ". The play, originally entitled The Stonor Case , differs from the story in several small details, such as the names of some of the characters.
Some claim that the play originally appeared in an early draft of "Sherlock Holmes" above and was later removed, with some elements finding their way into " The Adventure of the Empty House " before the entire play was resurrected, some years later, into "The Crown Diamond" and "The Mazarin Stone. Arthur Conan Doyle rarely gave interviews or publicly discussed his character. However, the following is a list of Conan Doyle essays on his character which are currently in publication, either in Green or Haining's book or in standard editions of the Complete Stories:.
This essay was featured in the Strand Magazine as a Christmas treat to its readers. An essay from Collier's Weekly , in which Doyle explains exactly where Holmes came from. It contains, at the end, J. This appeared in The Strand Magazine to introduce a competition to name the best Sherlock Holmes adventures. This is the sequel to the article mentioned above. In it, Conan Doyle listed what he thought were the best Holmes adventures.
Richard Lancelyn Green's The Uncollected Sherlock Holmes also includes five prefaces to the various editions of Sherlock Holmes stories and novels, Conan Doyle's speech at the Stoll Convention Dinner , some chapters from Conan Doyle's autobiography Memoirs and Adventures , and several interviews. These are works which have in the past been thought to have been written by Conan Doyle. Some have been conclusively proved to have no Conan Doyle input, the composition of others still remains unclear. The stories are generally extrapolations of cases briefly mentioned in the canonical work, but tend to contradict themselves and each other.
They are generally considered Sherlock Holmes pastiches. This mystery, a completed Sherlock Holmes story, was found in by a Conan Doyle biographer, Hesketh Pearson, searching through a box of Conan Doyle's papers.
It was originally announced that the story would not be published by the Doyle estate, but it was announced it certainly was by Doyle, as the manuscript supposedly appeared in his own handwriting. However, according to Jon L. Lellenberg in Nova 57 Minor , the manuscript was not in Conan Doyle's handwriting, but typewritten. The Strand Magazine published extracts from it in August , and it was finally published after demand from Sherlock Holmes societies in , when it was embraced as a new if slightly inferior part of the canon by The Baker Street Irregulars amongst others.
Doyle had bought the story, in the thought that he might use the idea at a later date, but he never did. He points out that Doyle's wife, sons and biographer were fooled by the style, and it is possible there was a redraft made. Though never claimed by any serious critic to be a Conan Doyle work, this parody is listed here due to a popular misconception that this was written by Doyle for his friend, J.
Barrie of Peter Pan fame. Perhaps contributing to this misconception is the fact that the story appears for the first time only in a work of Conan Doyle's, and all subsequent printings are from that source. In fact, this story was written by Barrie for Doyle following a period of the two of them working together on a play. The story itself involves Doyle and Barrie visiting Holmes, with Doyle killing Holmes due to his irritating intelligence which perhaps reflects Doyle's killing off of the character in " The Adventure of the Final Problem ".
The recognition of William Gillette as Sherlock Holmes was growing as a result of the success of the play Sherlock Holmes. Playing upon his most famous role, a short comedy sketch performed by William Gillette as a curtain raiser to an unrelated play. It involves a mute Sherlock Holmes, and a very talkative client. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Story of the Lost Special. How Watson Learned the Trick. The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes.
The Final Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Edited by Peter Haining.