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The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1 (Barnes & Noble Classics) [Hardcover]

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Pages   752
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 2.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 20, 2004
Publisher   Barnes & Noble Classics
ISBN  1593082037  
EAN  9781593082031  

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"The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume I," by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is part of the "Barnes & Noble Classics"" "series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of "Barnes & Noble Classics": New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. "Barnes & Noble Classics "pulls together a constellation of influences-biographical, historical, and literary-to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.""
"The Complete Sherlock Holmes" comprises four novels and fifty-six short stories revolving around the world's most popular and influential fictional detective-the eccentric, arrogant, and ingenious Sherlock Holmes. He and his trusted friend, Dr. Watson, step from Holmes's comfortable quarters at 221b Baker Street into the swirling fog of Victorian London to exercise that unique combination of detailed observation, vast knowledge, and brilliant deduction. Inevitably, Holmes rescues the innocent, confounds the guilty, and solves themost perplexing puzzles known to literature.
"Volume I" of "The Complete Sherlock Holmes" starts with Holmes's first appearance, "A Study in Scarlet," a chilling murder novel complete with bloodstained walls and cryptic clues, followed by the baffling "The Sign of Four," which introduces Holmes's cocaine problem and Watson's future wife. The story collections "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" feature such renowned tales as "A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Red-Headed League," and "The Musgrave Ritual."
Tired of writing stories about Holmes, his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, killed him off at the end of "The Final Problem," the last tale in "The Memoirs," But the public outcry was so great that eight years later he published the masterful "The Hound of the Baskervilles," which supposedly takes place before Holmes's death.
The separate "Volume II" of "The Complete Sherlock Holmes" collects the remaining accounts of Holmes's exploits, including "The Adventure of the Empty House," which reveals the elaborate circumstances behind Holmes's literary resurrection.
Kyle Freeman, a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast for many years, earned two graduate degrees in English literature from Columbia University, where his major was twentieth-century British literature.

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More About Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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.

Arthur Conan Doyle has published or released items in the following series...
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Great Value; Elementary!  Jun 23, 2008
This is a great value edition. I did not find the print to be as legible as I might have wanted it to be for this oversized paperback. I am starting out with volume one first to see how I do; have had some problems with my eyes so some of these jam packed paperbacks which have been scaled down to size are sometimes difficult to read; they pare down everything including the font size. So far so good; but I have put on some reading glasses so as to not tire my eyes out. The print is definately not large enough; and that is the one drawback. I am sure for some this would be a non issue; but not for this reader.

In terms of value you cannot go wrong except with the font size; the paperback is not one of those books which will take a beating either. But the selection of stories is phenomenal.

Now to the volume itself: the price point is good ($7.95); the font size small from my perspective; the stock used thin. But the anthology selection is glorious. There are an introduction and notes by Kyle Freeman who has been a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast for many years; there is a timeline of Doyle's life and outstanding events related to the character Holmes. There is even a note on the conveyances used during that time period. Holmes makes his first appearance in A Study in Scarlet and we are off. The volume has a set of end notes, some questions and answers from some well known authors; there are 23 wonderful classic Holmes tales as well as the The Hound of the Baskervilles, A Study in Scarlet (already mentioned) and The Sign of Four.

It was wonderful to learn more about Arthur Conan Doyle's own life as a young ship's surgeon and how he sailed the Arctic in a whaling ship and all of his very unique adventures. He had a Jesuit education but turned his back on catholicism; though championing spiritualism causes as he grew older. He was knighted by King Edward VII; but one of his greatest influences was Thomas Macaulay who happened to have passed away the same year that Doyle was born. From the time he was introduced to Macaulay at his Jesuit boarding school, he carried a volume of Macaulay's essays around with him for the remainder of his days. Doyle was very frank in admitting that these essays influenced him more than anything else.

Sherlock Holmes remains synonymous with the idea of the great detective. And everyone of us loves the idea of opening up one of Doyle's tales and hearing Holmes utter one of his famous quotes which infers his superior intellect and not too humble demeanor.

"My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don't know." And so it goes.

Good value, you cannot go wrong; just get a good pair of reading glasses and then everything is elementary!

The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1 (Barnes & Noble Classics)
Can't go wrong with Sherlock Holmes!  May 3, 2008
Can't beat it, it's a classic. I think I'd go with a hardcover and smaller volumes for my collection but I've read this three times. Time for the next volume!
great book  Jan 10, 2008
This is great book. My 13 years daughter loves it and read it multiple times.
3 Stars for the Content, 1 Star for the Quality  May 9, 2007
For collectors: Barnes & Noble put out three series of hardcover "Barnes & Noble Classics" in the last decade. The first has yellow dust jackets (1992), the second has all black matte dust jackets with gold type and a diamond-design (1997), and the third in 2003 has black-spines with a literary picture on the top of the spine. This edition is the third kind (2003). It has a black silhouette of a detective on a blue background. The book is a regular trade-sized hardback book. It is held together with glue that makes crispy crackling noises when you open it. Normally, I'd love that, but with a book that is well over 700 pages, I worry about the quality and hope that the pages manage to stay in the spine. The edges of the pages are the "rough cut" kind, which is quite charming, even when you're picking the machine-leavings off the side of the book. The text size is readable, which is to say, it's not 8-point font. I'd say more 10 to 11 point.

However, if you're looking at this edition, you're looking at it because it's cheap, not because it's superb quality. And boy, at $9.95 list price for a 709-page book, you are getting a deal.

It looks quite nice on a bookshelf and the extraneous notes within are as listed: a short (short) timeline of Conan Doyle's life, a rather brief introduction to Sherlock Holmes, a page on "Conveyances (Modes of Transportation)," and a few notations in the back. But if you're like me, you're going to initially skip all of that babble for the substance. In this book, you will get: "A Study in Scarlet," "The Sign of Four," "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," and "The Memoir of Sherlock Holmes." If you purchase this volume, it would be wise to buy the matching volume of "The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II." Worth it and recommendable? Yes, absolutely.
Why this series?  Jan 15, 2007
Why this series, when there are so many editions of Sherlock Holmes? I wanted a complete anthology, and I settled on this series because it was (1) inexpensive and (2) the text was big enough for 50+ eyes to read comfortably. This 2-volume series is all those things, plus it has excellent foot- and end-notes to explain references and concepts that are not contemporary. I recommend it highly.

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