How many times did Sherlock Holmes utter the phrase “Elementary, my dear Watson” in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s renowned stories? The answer is a surprising zero.
Get to know the real Sherlock Holmes with these eight volumes, filled with classic mystery tales. A professional physician, Arthur Conan Doyle initially conceived of Sherlock Holmes during writing sessions between patients. Sherlock’s signature deductive reasoning soon found an insatiable readership. And though Doyle tried desperately to “kill off” Holmes so that he could pursue other literary pursuits, public outcry demanded the detective return to life, which he did, after an eight-year hiatus, in The Adventure of the Empty House.
Featuring this story and more, these four novels and four volumes of short stories cover Sherlock Holmes’ exploits from Doyle’s first book, A Study in Scarlet, to the final chapters of literature’s most famous detective in His Last Bow. The works in this collection are essential for all Sherlock enthusiasts and literary students.
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Sherlock Holmes is the very foundation stone of the edifice that is crime fiction.
[Holmes] is probably the only literary creation since the creations of Dickens which has really passed into the life and language of the people.
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.
—John Le Carré, author, The Constant Gardener
Arthur Conan Doyle is unique in . . . ushering in a genre of writing that, while imitated and expanded, has never been surpassed.
—Stephen Fry, author, Making History
Perhaps the greatest of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries is this: that when we talk of him we invariably fall into the fancy of his existence.
—T.S. Eliot, winner, Nobel Prize in Literature
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) was a Scottish writer and physician best known for his fiction featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, where he began writing short stories. In between patient appointments, he would write fiction. After the death of his first wife, Louise Hawkins, with whom he had a son and a daughter, he went on to marry Jean Leckie, with whom he had two sons and a daughter.
Doyle was a prolific writer whose works include fiction, plays, romances, poetry, nonfiction, academic articles, and historical novels. Beyond Sherlock Holmes, he is also known for writing the fictional adventures of Professor Challenger and for popularizing the mystery of the Mary Celeste.