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The Oxford Sherlock Holmes: 9 Volume Set

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Any fan of detective fiction knows that there is no substitute in all of literature for a few hours of reading pleasure at 221 B Baker Street. The tobacco in the persian slipper, the piles of monographs and newspaper clippings covering the floor and table, the unanswered correspondence affixed
to the mantle with a dagger. What will the next visitor or urgent message bring? Perhaps a request from a mysterious stranger to help prevent "A Scandal in Bohemia." Perhaps Watson will tell us the story, discretely leaving out certain names, of how he and Holmes had to step outside the law to
protect a certain royal personage from a blackmailer in "The Case of Charles Augustus Milverton." Or, for a very unusual treat, perhaps Holmes himself, in quiet retirement in Sussex, will tell a tale in his own words as in "The Lion's Mane."
In the more than a century since the publication of the first tale featuring Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle's characters and stories have inspired countless films, plays, pastiches, literary tributes, and tens of thousands of imitations. Now, Oxford is proud to announce The
Oxford Sherlock Holmes, the complete works gathered together in nine handsomely bound, meticulously edited volumes. The books themselves are beautiful, and the entire set comes in an attractive display box, perfect for gift-giving.
Beautifully designed, boasting an introduction by a Doyle authority, a chronology, a selected bibliography, and notes, all carefully researched and assembled, this magnificent set will enhance the reading pleasure of readers new to Doyle's work and veterans of Holmsian arcana. A goldmine of reading
pleasure, The Oxford Sherlock Holmes is an essential addition to the library of anyone interested in crime fiction.

The nine volumes of the Oxford Sherlock Holmes are also available individually:
A Study in Scarlet, edited by Owen Dudley Edwards (208 pp., 0-19-212313-0)
The Sign of the Four, edited by Christopher Roden (224 pp., 0-19-212316-5)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, edited by Richard Lancelyn Green (304 pp., 0-19-212318-1)
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, edited by Christopher Roden (288 pp., 0-19-212309-2)
The Hound of the Baskervilles, edited by W. W. Robson (208 pp., 0-19-212310-6)
The Return of Sherlock Holmes, edited by Richard Lancelyn Green (352 pp., 0-19-212317-3)
The Valley of Fear, edited by Owen Dudley Edwards (208 pp., 0-19-212314-9)
His Last Bow, edited by Owen Dudley Edwards (240 pp., 0-19-212315-7)
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, edited by W. W. Robson (256 pp., 0-19-212311-4)

2926 pages, Boxed Set

Published October 28, 1993

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Arthur Conan Doyle

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Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, a talented illustrator, 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.

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Has there ever been a collection of stories, short and novel formats, that was better meant to be read in a comfortable armchair next to a roaring fire with a glass of sherry within easy reach?

There is very little that I can add about the "sacred canon" that has not been said before. The Sherlock Holmes stories entertain over multiple readings, and give the impression that there is order and safety in the world...so long as the great consulting detective and his faithful companion are standing watch.

Regarding this edition, the Oxford release contains helpful notes to acquaint the modern reader with the Victorian period. It may not help those purists who enjoy playing the game that these events actually occurred, but they do provide the information the rest of us need to understand Holmes' surroundings.
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