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Complete Sherlock Holmes (Wordsworth Library Collection) [Hardcover]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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5 Mar 2008 Wordsworth Library Collection

It is more than a century since the ascetic, gaunt and enigmatic detective, Sherlock Holmes, made his first appearance in A Study in Scarlet. From 1891, beginning with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the now legendary and pioneering Strand Magazine began serialising Arthur Conan Doyle's matchless tales of detection, featuring the incomparable sleuth patiently assisted by his doggedly loyal and lovably pedantic friend and companion, Dr Watson.

The stories are illustrated by the remarkable Sydney Paget from whom our images of Sherlock Holmes and his world derive and who first equipped Holmes with his famous deerstalker hat. The literary cult of Sherlock Holmes shows no sign of fading with time as each new generation comes to love and revere the penetrating mind and ruthless logic which were the undoing of so many Victorian master criminals.


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  • Hardcover: 1408 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd (5 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840220767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840220766
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 17.4 x 7.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859 and died in 1930. Within those years was crowded a variety of activity and creative work that made him an international figure and inspired the French to give him the epithet 'the good giant'. He was the nephew of 'Dickie Doyle' the artist, and was educated at Stonyhurst, and later studied medicine at Edinburgh University, where the methods of diagnosis of one of the professors provided the idea for the methods of deduction used by Sherlock Holmes.

He set up as a doctor at Southsea and it was while waiting for patients that he began to write. His growing success as an author enabled him to give up his practice and turn his attention to other subjects. He was a passionate advocate of many causes, ranging from divorce law reform and the Channel Tunnel to the issuing of inflatable life-jackets to sailors. He also campaigned to prove the innocence of individuals, and his work on the Edjalji case was instrumental in the introduction of the Court of Criminal Appeal. He was a volunteer physician in the Boer War and later in life became a convert to spiritualism.

His greatest achievement was, of course, his creation of Sherlock Holmes, who soon attained international status and constantly distracted him from his other work; at one time Conan Doyle killed him but was obliged by public protest to restore him to life. And in his creation of Dr Watson, Holmes's companion in adventure and chronicler, Conan Doyle produced not only a perfect foil for Holmes but also one of the most famous narrators in fiction. Penguin publish all the books about the great detective, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear, His Last Bow, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, The Uncollected Sherlock Holmes and The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes.


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"Arthur Conan Doyle is unique in simultaneously bringing the curtain down on an era and raising one on another, ushering in a genre of writing that, while imitated and expanded, has never been surpassed" (Stephen Fry)

"Sherlock Holmes is the very foundation stone of the edifice that is crime fiction" (The Times)

"I read these stories when I was a child and discussed them endlessly with my grandfather: one of my earliest literary memories. I know all the solutions off by heart now but it doesn't matter because the brilliance of the stories lies in the relationship between Holmes and Watson, which is both funny and touching" (Jonathan Coe Sunday Express)

"Now, as in his lifetime, cab drivers, statesmen, academics, and raggedy-arsed children sit spellbound at his feet -proof, if proof were needed, that Doyle's modesty of language conceals a profound tolerance of the human complexity... No wonder, then, if the pairing of Holmes and Watson has triggered more imitators than any other duo in literature. Contemporary cop dramas draw on them repeatedly" (John Le Carre The Times)

"Too much Holmes is no more likely than too much foie gras and no less desirable... Will delight his fans" (Oliver Marre Observer) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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A LUXURY EDITION CELEBRATING ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE'S 150th ANNIVERSARY --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb collection of short stories 9 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Once you have read just one of the Sherlock Holmes stories you will want to read them all.
"The original illustrated Strand Sherlock Holmes" has the 4 novels and all 56 short stories complete with the original Strand Magazine illustrations by Sidney Paget and others. Sidney Paget created the famous deerstalker hat. The hat and pipe are instantly recognizable trademarks of Sherlock Holmes. He also created the layout of the rooms at 221b Baker street where Holmes and Dr. Watson reside.
In this book there are two things to be aware of. Firstly the illustration sadly lack some detail when reproduced in paperback, but they do convey all the atmosphere of Holmes, Watson and life in Victorian London. Secondly, the printed text is quite small so you will need good lighting to read it comfortably.
Apart from these shortcomings this is an excellent collection which I wholeheartedly recommend. Definitely worth five stars.
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415 of 437 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother! 11 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
There are no illustrations but that is not the main problem. The main problem is the Americanisation. These books are classics but they have been mangled for the American market. Wherever there should be a reference to brandy it has been changed to whiskey and soda, bacon and eggs has become ham and eggs plus all the appalling American spellings. Can't they leave anything alone!!!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever, by the best author ever! 7 Sep 2002
Format:Paperback
Conan Doyle had a wonderful abiblity of creating an atmosphere perfectly, even if the brilliant Sydney Paget drawings were not in this book, it would be very easy to imagine the scenes.
Though Doyle actually grew to disslike Holmes, these stories are by far the best, in my opinion, of all the other books he has written (e.g Brigadere Gerard and The Lost World) This book includes all 4 novels and all 56 short stories of Sherlock Holmes, as they were printed in the Strand magazine.
These stories are addictive, it took me 4 months to read the whole book, yet I didn't get bored or sick of it for a moment! If you've never read a Holmes story before, you may find the first novel a little difficult to grasp, as it has a thick plot, and tends to drag on a bit. But all of the short stories are written perfectly and describe Holmes and Watson's friendship progress. They all have a unique plot and disserve individual attension.
If you like Holmes and/or mystery stories, then this is the book for you! so buy it!
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141 of 151 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing version of a great book 29 Aug 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book with great excitement as one of the first books for my new Kindle. The stories themselves are fantastic and don't need any review from me. However, I was very disappointed in the quality of the Kindle edition. There are lines missing and at one point where there should be a diagram, there is, instead, an advertisement for a Kindle edition of the complete works of Jane Austen. It's a shame that something so shoddy should be on sale. If it was an actual book I would've returned it. Get your finger out Amazon.
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90 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 25 July 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I discovered Sherlock Holmes a few months ago and I can not believe how good these stories are. I read all the stories in about three weeks. I have now almost finished them for a second time and a second reading has only increased my appreciation for them.
There are many things about these stories that I find to be brilliant but I will discuss only three in this review so as not to make it too long.
The first is that Holmes is actually as brilliant as his reputation would have everyone believe. Something that I find extremely annoying in fiction is when a character has a reputation for being a fantastic investigator or for being great at something else but they never do anything to prove themselves worthy of that reputation. The character just seems to have average intelligence and the writer makes the main character look smart by making everyone else stupid. Doyle actually went to the trouble of thinking up brilliant things for Holmes to do instead of just making everyone else in the stories stupid as a lot of writers do.
The second is the way Doyle handled Holmes and Watson's relationship. Something else that I have come to detest in fiction is the typical friendship in which the characters are too often making a huge sacrifice for one another and are too frequently having big emotional scenes together. Relationships such as that eventually get to the point where they seem too unrealistic and no longer make me feel anything. But Doyle manages to convince the reader that Holmes and Watson are close friends without any of the sacrifices or emotional scenes. He uses little things to show the depth of their friendship which prevents it from ever becoming sappy or too fictional. Also, the way he wrote the characters helps a great deal to establish them as being close friends.
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comments for Kindle users 22 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is excellent. All four long stories and all five collections of short stories are here. Importantly for a Kindle edition, from the contents page you can go directly to any story long or short and even to any chapter of each of the four long stories. In effect the whole canon of Holmes stories at your finger tips.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult text layout 26 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have no doubts about the quality of these well- known stories. However, I found this particular edition poorly formatted, with many sentences split up across the page in ways that made the text unreadable. Try a slightly higher-priced text that guarantees a readable kindle-adapted format. I opened this text on a transatlantic plane, expecting some pleasant entertainment, and was bitterly disappointed, as well as missing the return deadline!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this collection
Loved this collection. Jeremy Bret makes a fabulous Holmes. For me he is the only Sherlock Holmes. Would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
Published 12 days ago by Marilyn Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
grandson loves it
Published 20 days ago by C. E. Menary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent!
Published 22 days ago by JOHN T LAMBIE
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect to dip in and out of
I wouldn't read this all in one go as it's far too long. But because it's made up of several novels and lots of short stories, this is a great book to have on your kindle (for a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by HippyNikki
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
I was gripped from start to finish with the intrigue. This made me late for appointments on a number of occasions.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
Just what I hoped for. A complete authentic reproduction of the Sherlock Holmes stories. There is no substitute for these books, they are just fantastic.
Published 1 month ago by Mark Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes
A very good book. Highly recommended. I enjoyed it very much. Arthur Conan Doyle is an amazing single detective author.
Published 1 month ago by Samuel George Forrest
2.0 out of 5 stars Text issues
A reverse the text (white on black) with my kindle fire as I feel its better on the eyes. However some books in this compilation will not do this, e.g. A Study in Scarlet, for one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M
4.0 out of 5 stars great use of language
I have really enjoyed this collection of stories which has been my bedtime reading for several weeks. The stories are good and I like the style Conan Doyle uses. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mike Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic.
If you love the TV series and, dare I say it, the films then you might as well complete your immersion and get this as well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Will Canniford
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