The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(Oxford World's Classics)

80%

14 Critic Reviews

It is worth pursuing and the stories are fantastic. There is adventure, mystery and humour. I don’t think I worked out any of the mysteries as this is not my usual genre, but I loved reading these stories...
-It's Time to Read

Synopsis

This Top Five Classics illustrated edition of THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES includes:

• More than 66 original illustrations by Sidney Paget done for the Strand Magazine
• An informative introduction
• Detailed biography and select bibliography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

After Arthur Conan Doyle introduced Sherlock Holmes in the novel A Study in Scarlet in 1887, he wrote a series of twenty-four short mysteries featuring the detective and his colleague, Dr. Watson, in the pages of the Strand Magazine from 1891 to 1893.

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES collects the first twelve of these tales—including “A Scandal in Bohemia” (which introduces Irene Adler), “The Red-Headed League,” “The Five Orange Pips,” and “The Speckled Band”—some of the greatest stories in the Sherlock Holmes canon.
 

About Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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The most famous fictional detective in the world is Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. However, Doyle was, at best, ambivalent about his immensely successful literary creation and, at worst, resentful that his more "serious" fiction was relatively ignored. Born in Edinburgh, Doyle studied medicine from 1876 to 1881 and received his M.D. in 1885. He worked as a military physician in South Africa during the Boer War and was knighted in 1902 for his exceptional service. Doyle was drawn to writing at an early age. Although he attempted to enter private practice in Southsea, Portsmouth, in 1882, he soon turned to writing in his spare time; it eventually became his profession. As a Liberal Unionist, Doyle ran, unsuccessfully, for Parliament in 1903. During his later years, Doyle became an avowed spiritualist. Doyle sold his first story, "The Mystery of the Sasassa Valley," to Chambers' Journal in 1879. When Doyle published the novel, A Study in Scarlet in 1887, Sherlock Holmes was introduced to an avid public. Doyle is reputed to have used one of his medical professors, Dr. Joseph Bell, as a model for Holmes's character. Eventually, Doyle wrote three additional Holmes novels and five collections of Holmes short stories. A brilliant, though somewhat eccentric, detective, Holmes employs scientific methods of observation and deduction to solve the mysteries that he investigates. Although an "amateur" private detective, he is frequently called upon by Scotland Yard for assistance. Holmes's assistant, the faithful Dr. Watson, provides a striking contrast to Holmes's brilliant intellect and, in Doyle's day at least, serves as a character with whom the reader can readily identify. Having tired of Holmes's popularity, Doyle even tried to kill the great detective in "The Final Problem" but was forced by an outraged public to resurrect him in 1903. Although Holmes remained Doyle's most popular literary creation, Doyle wrote prolifically in other genres, including historical adventure, science fiction, and supernatural fiction. Despite Doyle's sometimes careless writing, he was a superb storyteller. His great skill as a popular author lay in his technique of involving readers in his highly entertaining adventures.
 
Published September 1, 2013 by Wordsworth Editions. 152 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Education & Reference, History, Action & Adventure, Horror, Humor & Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Crime, Young Adult, Arts & Photography, Law & Philosophy. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
All: 14 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 3

Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Leonard on Jul 24 2012

Although this collection was published about halfway through Holmes’ literary career, it is a great introduction to many of the key characters of his history, making The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes a must read for any aspiring Holmes-phile.

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The Bookbag

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Reviewed by Sue Magee on Nov 01 2015

If you're looking for a gift for a Sherlock enthusiast this book could well be the answer and I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy...

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Good
Reviewed by Christina Margett on Feb 17 2011

These stories are considered to be among the finest ever written in the genre of mystery and detective literature and for those who wish to taste the work of Arthur Conan Doyle for the first time, it would be a great idea to start with these stories first.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Above average
on Jan 14 2013

Definitely worth reading for anyone who likes the Sherlock Holmes adaptations, or mysteries in general, but they’re better when not read straight through.

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Jules' Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Jules on Jan 16 2010

...it was a nice introduction to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as well as Sherlock Holmes. The short mysteries are nice light reads, yet contain a very interesting group of characters. Not to mention, I find Sherlock Holmes a very intriguing character...

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Literary Exploration

Good
Reviewed by Michael Kitto on May 30 2012

There is not much I can say against this book apart from the fact it’s a collection of short stories. I feel like each story only gives you a quick glimpse into the brilliance of Sherlock and then the case is solved. I do like the way that this book does flow together...

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The Literary Omnivore

Excellent
on Feb 09 2011

...the urbane and yet slightly Gothic atmosphere is fantastic, the mysteries engaging even without the novelty of their solutions, and the characters, as always, are fun and distinct.

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Shelf Love

Above average
Reviewed by Teresa on Jul 11 2012

Readers who only know Holmes through the stories in this collection might be left with the same mistaken impression that I had...The stories are fun to read, but they generally focus on the mysteries themselves, with limited attention paid to the characters of the men working to solve the mysteries.

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The Lit B***h

Below average
on Aug 20 2014

Always the same plot, climax, and structure…..it got old quick! So much so that I had to go on to another book rather than complete ALL the Sherlock Holmes collections.

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It's Time to Read

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Sep 09 2010

It is worth pursuing and the stories are fantastic. There is adventure, mystery and humour. I don’t think I worked out any of the mysteries as this is not my usual genre, but I loved reading these stories...

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Wordsmithonia

Good
Reviewed by Ryan on Mar 29 2011

As a collection I felt the stories worked well together and felt as if they were a cohesive example of Sherlock Holmes and his abilities.

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Your Move, Dickens

Excellent
Reviewed by Darlyn on Jul 25 2012

I loved The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. When I finished it, I immediately started reading The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (the next book in the canon if you go by publishing date), because I could not get enough of the brilliant detective.

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Leeds Student

Good
Reviewed by LS Lifestyle and Culture Editor on Nov 19 2012

Whether you are a Benedict Cumberbatch or a Robert Downey, Jr. fan, you will love this book. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes demonstrates Conan Doyle at his most enchanting and most elusive.

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Reviewed by Jonathan Wilhoit on Jun 04 2012

Sherlock Holmes is Sherlock Holmes. These are timeless stories that continue to entertain more than a hundred years after they were written. Of course, some people aren’t going to like them (I could name an ex-girlfriend, for one), but no work of art is ever universally liked.

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