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Sherlock Holmes: The Major Stories with Contemporary Critical Essays

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  3 reviews
The fifteen Sherlock Holmes stories reprinted in this volume are generally held to be the most significant, innovative and influential tales featuring Arthur Conan Doyle's archetypal detective. Drawn principally from the first three Holmes collections, these selections are each followed by a concise commentary on its relation to Doyle, other Holmes tales, and the genre of ...more
Paperback, 452 pages
Published November 15th 1993 by Bedford/St. Martin's (first published October 1st 1993)
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For me the first few Doyle stories were interesting but the formula became predictable and started to the predictability of action movies and romantic comedies; you know how it ends before it starts. I did like many of the critical essays in the back of this edition and throughout the readings I found the physical interaction between Watson (the narrator) and Holmes smile worthy. Two stories I particularly enjoyed were "A Scandal in Bohemia" where the women gets the better of Holmes ...more
Apr 22, 2008 Noah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Noah by: Aoi Leann
Somehow I've never gotten around to reading Sherlock Holmes, and I wish I had done so a lot earlier. These stories are great, and most of them were really hard to figure out. I'm interested in reading more, especially the longer ones, as I feel like Holmes' tales would do really well in novel form as well.

The four stars comes not from Doyle's stories but from the edition, to which I 'd give three stars. The essays at the end were really boring, and I only got halfway through a few of them befor
While the stories take up 75 percent of the book, I wished there was more critical essays.
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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
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