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A Study in Scarlet (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

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Pages   143
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2001
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Age  18
ISBN  0140439080  
EAN  9780140439083  

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Item Description...
Sherlock Holmes investigates the murder of two Americans whose deaths have some mysterious connection to sinister Socialist groups gathering power in both Britain and America.

Publishers Description
In the debut of literature's most famous sleuth, a dead man is discovered in a bloodstained room in Brixton. The only clues are a wedding ring, a gold watch, a pocket edition of Boccaccio's Decameron, and a word scrawled in blood on the wall. With this investigation begins the partnership of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Their search for the murderer uncovers a story of love and revenge-and heralds a franchise of detective mysteries starring the formidable Holmes.

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More About Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Iain Sinclair & Ed Glinert

Arthur Conan Doyle Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record in the registry of St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh gives 'Arthur Ignatius Conan' as his Christian name, and simply 'Doyle' as his surname. It also names Michael Conan as his godfather.

At the age of nine Conan Doyle was sent to the Roman Catholic Jesuit preparatory school, Hodder Place, Stonyhurst. He then went on to Stonyhurst College, leaving in 1875.

From 1876 to 1881 he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. This required that he provide periodic medical assistance in the towns of Aston (now a district of Birmingham) and Sheffield. While studying, Conan Doyle began writing short stories. His first published story appeared in "Chambers's Edinburgh Journal" before he was 20. Following his graduation, he was employed as a ship's doctor on the SS Mayumba during a voyage to the West African coast. He completed his doctorate on the subject of tabes dorsalis in 1885.

In 1885 Conan Doyle married Louisa (or Louise) Hawkins, known as "Touie". She suffered from tuberculosis and died on 4 July 1906. The following year he married Jean Elizabeth Leckie, whom he had first met and fallen in love with in 1897. Due to his sense of loyalty he had maintained a purely platonic relationship with Jean while his first wife was alive. Jean died in London on 27 June 1940.

Conan Doyle fathered five children. Two with his first wife—Mary Louise (28 January 1889 – 12 June 1976), and Arthur Alleyne Kingsley, known as Kingsley (15 November 1892 – 28 October 1918). With his second wife he had three children—Denis Percy Stewart (17 March 1909 – 9 March 1955), second husband in 1936 of Georgian Princess Nina Mdivani (circa 1910 – 19 February 1987; former sister-in-law of Barbara Hutton); Adrian Malcolm (19 November 1910–3 June 1970) and Jean Lena Annette (21 December 1912–18 November 1997).

Conan Doyle was found clutching his chest in the hall of Windlesham, his house in Crowborough, East Sussex, on 7 July 1930. He had died of a heart attack at age 71. His last words were directed toward his wife: "You are wonderful." The epitaph on his gravestone in the churchyard at Minstead in the New Forest, Hampshire, reads:


Conan Doyle's house, Undershaw, located in Hindhead, south of London, where he had lived for a decade, had been a hotel and restaurant between 1924 and 2004. It now stands empty while conservationists and Conan Doyle fans fight to preserve it.

A statue honours Conan Doyle at Crowborough Cross in Crowborough, where Conan Doyle lived for 23 years. There is also a statue of Sherlock Holmes in Picardy Place, Edinburgh, close to the house where Conan Doyle was born.

Arthur Conan Doyle lived in Edinburgh. Arthur Conan Doyle was born in 1859 and died in 1930.

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Good Evening Mr. Watson.  Jan 31, 2010
Sherlock Holmes Vol.1 is a great companion to the detective's return to the big screen. It contains the first volume of Sir Arthur Canon Doyle's short stories and his first full-length Holmes story A Study In Scarlet. It also includes new colored illustrations by Kelly Jones. The great stories will leave you on the edge of your seat and its hard to put down. Holmes's incridable deductive reasoning will blow your mind. A must read if you loved the movie.
Meet Sherlock Holmes  Sep 21, 2009
Dr. John Watson is a retired Army physician back in London after a harrowing experience in India. When he meets a roommate, the eccentric Sherlock Holmes, he finds that all he has known about the world will be challenged. Holmes is interested in crime - poisons, footprints, tests for blood - everything one would need to be a detective. But his real gift is his ability to reason backwards; unlike most detectives of his day, he can begin with a premise (such as a murder) and correctly establish the events that led up to it.

When a man is found dead in Brixon Road, Holmes is summoned by Scotland Yard to assist in determining how the man died and who may be responsible. Watson accompanies his roommate for the first time and is astounded at how much the amateur detective is capable of reasoning. He can guess the perpetrator's height from the length of his stride, the cause of death by sniffing the corpse's lips, and the entire motive through a single telegraph. What's more is that Sherlock Holmes is right in every aspect.

"A Study in Scarlet" was the first of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novels about the brilliant Sherlock Holmes and his trusted assistant, Dr. John Watson. Over a century after its initial publication, the tales of the detective and doctor still fascinate the world. Why? It's incredibly well-written, intriguing, and just plain interesting. And isn't that what a mystery should be?
A Staggering Introduction To A Legend  Sep 3, 2009
The first Holmes mystery is one I will always cherish as it was rightfully my first introduction to the world of Sherlock Holmes. I have always been familiar with the name of the character but have only really become interested in reading the stories thanks to the rather shallow link between Holmes and the character Dr. Gregory House from the TV show House M.D. I know it is a ridiculous way to decide to take up the task of reading the Holmes stories, but after reading this it is a task I am glad to engage in. The similarities between the character from the TV show and the character from the books are plenty but I am writing this review for the book which has created a Holmes-like addiction within me to read more of the Sherlock mysteries.

Set at around 1880 and this book first being published in 1878 is told in two parts, the bulk of the story being told from the perspective of Dr. Watson. The first part comprises of the first person tale of how Watson came to meet Holmes and how they both came to live with each other at 221B Baker Street. The introduction to how this friendship began is brief as Doyle plunges immediately into the first Holmes case which is an investigation into the murder of Enoch J. Drebber of Cleveland, Ohio. When his body is found in n abandoned house with no visible wounds that could have caused his death, the real mystery begins with the discovery of a gruesome scrawling on a dark section of wall in the form of RACHE which was painted in blood. Soon after the discovery of Drebber, it becomes known that his travelling partner, Joseph Stangerson has also been murdered.

The second part is set in America and as it progresses gradually gives light to motives for the murders and the relationship the murderer has with his victims. It tells the story initially of John Ferrier being lost in the middle of a desert as him and a small girl are the only survivors of a twenty-one person caravan which ran out of food and water. On the verge of death they are rescued by Brigham Young and a large wagon convoy of travelling Mormons looking to escape persecution. As the years pass, Ferrier becomes a successful rancher and the little girl, Lucy grows up to be a beautiful woman who is sought after to become one of the wives of a prospective Mormon husband. Ferrier refuses to allow Lucy to be married to anyone with more than one wife, but due to the described Mormon custom, Ferrier is given an ultimatum that he must choose a suitable husband for Lucy within 29 days or face death.

Being Doyle's first entry into story telling he did a superb job of creating a realistic and intriguing character along with an intense and thought provoking story. The supporting characters are beautifully thought out for whatever length of time and importance they may hold in the whole story. Watson is not portrayed as what you would imagine to be a puppy dog following the master, rather an inquisitor looking to understand the mind of one of the most complex figures he has ever come across. Holmes is a significant character in literature as he is a character that transcends the original novels or the era in which he was born. The name is instantly recognisable and this original story was an instant achievement in bringing to life such a legacy that will undoubtedly last forever.
We are all thankful for Stamford for the wonderful introduction and thus the beginning of many great adventures  May 24, 2009
The authentic stories of the famed Sherlock Holmes are among my favorite reads, and I enjoy the adventures thoroughly. Once on my travels to London, I did visit the fictional house of Sherlock Holmes situated at 221B Baker Street. It was a surreal experience, that's for sure...because it is a fictional home of a fictional character, for goodness sake! Still to this day, I am not sure what the B part signifies: a half house or an upstairs portion? Anyway back to the story, A Study in Scarlet is the very beginning of the famous character Sherlock Holmes and his oft neglected (and still famous) sidekick Dr. John Watson. We can thank our lucky stars to Stamford for introducing both to each other before settling their claims on 221B Baker Street. From there, it began the many adventures that have encompassed the very foundation of sleuthing and solving crimes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle introduced many of the concepts that were truly novel back and are now commonplace today among law enforcement, most notably the FBI. I find the introduction and the explanation of the techniques used by Sherlock Holmes interesting because I wondered how prevalent and how new they were at that time. Or perhaps I wondered if they were first conceived by the author in the novel, or were they just portrayed as fads at first (similar to science fiction books)? The writing by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is very beautiful and makes A Study in Scarlet a thoroughly pleasurable read, and there is a ton of wisdom contained within the lines and especially from the dialogues of Sherlock Holmes. In the collection of quotes by Sherlock Holmes, I have in A Study in Scarlet two favorites. One is when he says, "I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. etc. etc." He is absolutely correct in this manner because Sherlock Holmes is very self-conscious about his knowledge being pure and away from distortions, so he can maintain a sound foundation. Another is "If I show you too much of my method of working, you will come to the conclusion that I am a very ordinary individual after all." Well, that's an interesting way of putting things. It's a bit of a complaint of mine because when I am reading the details of how Sherlock goes his business (for example, walking along the path, checking the strides, measuring the lengths, etc.) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle frequently omits the details that would allow me to make conjectures of how the crime could happen. So, what happens instead is that Sherlock Holmes will explain away the conclusions and how he arrived at them, and we, as the readers, don't get a first-hand chance to observe the actualities of the details. Anyhow, I am not going to say that it is a disappointing part of the tales, but rather it's just a pitiful block of the reader's thorough experience. In A Study in Scarlet, you will automatically, as I did, be stumped when you start reading the second part as the tale surrounds the Alkali Plain and begin to wonder if the publisher had somehow misplaced the part. Be rest assured, the tale will eventually explain the entire criminal acts that transpired in the first part of the tale. A very interesting question will appear: what if Jefferson Hope did not have an aortic aneurism, would he have been waived from his crimes because of the surrounding circumstances? Who knows? At the end of A Study in Scarlet, "Populus me sibilat, at mihi plaudo. Ipse domi simul ac nummos contemplar in arca." means "The public hisses at me, but I applaud myself in my own house, and simultaneously contemplate the money in my chest." All in all, if you want to have a totally satisfying experience of reading, you can't go wrong with A Study in Scarlet as well as other authentic Sherlock Holmes stories.
It doesn't measure up to other Sherlock Holmes mysteries...  Apr 27, 2009
As a fan of the genre, I was a bit disappointed with this book. It starts off very interesting, Sherlock Holmes investigates a murder, study's the crime scene, and effortlessly shows he's more creative thinking and superior methods to the other investigators of the case, and so begins his search for the truth. Early on, the mystery is so well set up on so many levels, but unfortunately, somewhere in the middle of the book, Doyle lost me, I began counting the pages, and wanting it to end, it just lost its momentum. Read a different Sherlock Holmes book, there are better ones.

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