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The Sherlock Holmes BookThe Sherlock Holmes Book

The Sherlock Holmes Book The Sherlock Holmes Book

There is a reason he’s called the World’s Greatest Detective. Discover the incredible history behind crime fiction’s most iconic character of all time, and find out why the world can’t get enough of his genius. Inspired by his brilliant lecturer Joseph Bell, Arthur Conan Doyle first wrote about the famous Holmes and Watson for Strand Magazine in 1887, and the rest is history. Read about the lives of both author and character, and discover their lasting legacy. If that wasn’t enough, you can read the original stories from The Return of Sherlock Holmes, supported by case files, including maps and letters. Featuring: The story of Sherlock Holmes - How did the iconic detective come to life on the pages of Strand Magazine? Who was Arthur Conan Doyle? - Discover the mind behind the masterpiece and read all about Conan Doyle’s life. Crime fiction and Sherlock’s legacy - What is the lasting effect of Sherlock in the world of fiction and pop culture? Case files - Read the original Sherlock Holmes stories as told by Dr John Watson, supported by brand new maps, letters, clippings and other case files.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome to… the sherlock holmes book

His name is Sherlock Holmes, and it is his business to know what other people don’t know. Is there any other fictional character as instantly recognisable as the great detective? From his deerstalker and pipe to his science of deduction, Holmes is iconic, and he’s synonymous with crime fiction. In this book, you will discover what it was that started Sherlock Holmes’ world domination, and meet the man eclipsed by his creation’s fame. Find out how Holmes’ life mirrored that of Arthur Conan Doyle, and how the famous author went from a man of science, to a believer in fairies and seances. Learn more about the new trend of crime fiction kickstarted by the great detective, as well as the many plays, shows and films he inspired. Finally, delve into…

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the great detective

As the examples show, the paradoxes work well for the late nineteenth century. This is the period Arthur Conan Doyle created one of the finest of all Lion and Unicorn combinations: brave, plodding, down-to-earth Dr John H. Watson, the sleepy leonine; and brilliant, nervous, outlandish Sherlock Holmes, the fabulous monster. It is a complementary friendship with useful literary precedents. The eccentric visionary and the all-tooplain man: Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. The difficult tormented soul and his reassuringly decent companion: Hamlet and Horatio. The man we might not really like, and his closest friend who is so amiable that we accept him on trust: Mr Pip and Mr Pocket. Leonine and unicorn-like qualities co-existed incongruously in individuals of late Victorian and early twentieth-century England. Unprecious anti-aesthete Kipling collected two beautiful little…

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chronology

SHERLOCK HOLMES’S LIFE (AND WATSON’S) c.1852 Birth of Watson 1854 Birth of Holmes c.1870 Watson starts medical studies at London University c.1873 Holmes goes to University, spending two years in residence and coming down without taking his degree c.1874 Watson a houseman at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, with Stamford as dresser c.1875 Holmes lodges in Montague St, continuing his studies in the British Museum Library and (without crossing Watson’s path) at St Bartholomew’s. He takes occasional cases from former Oxonians 1878 Watson graduates MD, University of London, and proceeds to Netley to train as Army Surgeon c.1879 Holmes takes the case of Musgrave’s missing servants and finds the lost crown of Charles I. Also publishes Upon the Distinction between the Ashes of the Various Tobaccos (with coloured plates) 1879 Watson joins 5th Northumberland Fusiliers, posted to India to join regiment…

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the life of sherlock holmes

He doesn’t even remember the year of his own marriage correctly. There is no doubt at all that he first met Miss Mary Morstan when she consulted Holmes in the late summer or early autumn of 1888 – “nearly ten years” after 3 December 1878 in her own words, though typically, Watson specifies two different months. Yet Watson places another case in the spring of that year while recalling it as taking place after he had wooed and wed Miss Morstan and left Baker Street. And in yet another he describes visiting Baker Street during his wife’s absence, though the client placed the events a full year before Watson had actually met her! Astonishingly, Holmes proved an even worse chronologist when he wrote up two of his own cases. For in…

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adventure of the empty house

At the commencement of this case I was sure of only one thing: Sherlock Holmes was dead. It can be imagined that my close intimacy with Sherlock Holmes had interested me deeply in crime, and that after his disappearance I never failed to read with care the various problems which came before the public. There was none, however, which appealed to me like the tragedy of Ronald Adair. As I read the evidence at the inquest, which led to a verdict of wilful murder against some person or persons unknown, I realised more clearly than I had ever done the loss that the community had sustained by the death of Sherlock Holmes. There were points about this strange business which would, I was sure, have especially appealed to him, and the efforts of…

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arthur conan doyle’s life

Charles’s three brothers were, respectively, a successful portrait painter and book illustrator, the director of the National Gallery of Ireland, and the brilliant Dicky Doyle, who designed the famous cover of Punch which graced that journal for 107 years. Charles’s draftsmanship was much inferior to his father’s and brothers’. His career stuck obstinately at the level of clerk in the civil service. The family were devout Irish Catholics. Charles, segregated from their fashionable London life by his employment in Edinburgh, married his landlady’s Irish Catholic daughter, Mary Foley. She was a prodigious snob, who traced the genealogy and heraldry of her Protestant maternal family, and persuaded herself that she was descended from a cadet branch of the Percys, and Plantagenet blood ran in her veins. Her husband’s family was of better…

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