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The Hound of the Baskervilles (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , W. W. Robson
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18 Jun 1998 Oxford World's Classics
The Hound of the Baskervilles is the tale of an ancient curse suddenly given a terrifying modern application. The grey towers of Baskerville Hall and the wild open country of Dartmoor hold many secrets for Holmes and Watson to unravel. The detective is contemptuous of supernatural manifestations, but the reader will remain perpetually haunted by the hound from the moor. The editor of this volume, W.W. Robson, was Emeritus David Masson Professor of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and author of Modern English Literature. The general editor of the Oxford Sherlock Holmes, Owen Dudley Edwards, is Reader in History at the University of Edinburgh and author or The Quest for Sherlock Holmes: A Biographical Study of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (18 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019283519X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192835192
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,104,510 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first - class mystery thriller 28 Aug 1999
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The Hound of the Baskervilles is a marvellous example of a British detective mystery. The story keeps you entertained and guessing at every twist and turn and the ending is far from predictable! An enjoyable and well written mystery and a classic Sherlock Holmes case.
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'The Hound of the Baskervilles' sees Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his faithful sidekick Dr Watson on one of their most famous and exciting adventures. Right from the start the author succeeds in grabbing the readers' attention, and dramatic plot twists and the eery setting of the desolate moors keep it held until the final page. Holmes and Watson's detective skills are called upon to investigate the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville, whose body is discovered with a look of terror upon his face near the footprints of a huge hound. Could the tale of a terrifying beast that haunts the Baskerville family be more than just superstition? The skills and courage of the Sleuths are tested to the limit in their bid to discover the truth. Although first published almost a hundred years ago, this novel has lost none of its appeal and is as good as any modern-day thriller. Full of excitement and suspense, this book is a real page-turner, and a must for all fans of the detective novel.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gloom, Doom, and Subtle Misdirection 26 May 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Most Sherlock Holmes stories (especially the short stories like The Red Headed League) are like playing chess in a Victorian drawing room. You get a period piece with some subtle moves. The Hound of the Baskervilles is a total change-up from that format. Doyle builds the atmosphere of ancient legends, foul play, and a dark moor in an irresistible way. You will find yourself looking out over your shoulder if you read this book on a dark, lonely night. So if you like a novel with a true gothic feel, this will be your main reward.
Your unexpected reward will be one of the most famous clues in all of detective fiction. In searching out who is haunting the Baskerville's, Doyle has Holmes solve the puzzle by looking for something that no one else was looking for. This is the only mystery that I know of that is solved by vacuous fulfillment (an odd concept of mathematics that Doyle must have known about).
The third feature of this story is the many fallacious beliefs about how science works (like phrenology -- the shape of the skull determining your mind and character). You may find this interesting or annoying. In either case, try to remember that we probably have many similar false beliefs today that will look silly a hundred years from now. Can you think of one?
Wrap up in a blanket by the fire, have a glass of wine, and shiver with anticipation!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Sherlock Homes- A classic! 11 April 1999
By A Customer
This is a great book, a full length detective story instead of the usual short stories... full of mystery and intrigue. Suitable for 13 over as it is slightly confusing, but well worth reading! The story has a clever plot, and is a mixture of fiction, mystery and horror.
Definitly a great book, if I could give it 6 crowns I would!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Known Holmes... 21 July 2012
By Mr. M. E. Merritt VINE VOICE
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...though, for my money, not the best story.

The Hound Of The Baskervilles is a perfectly good Holmes Story, but the likes of The Valley of Fear and A Study In Scarlet, though perhaps less well known, are better constructed.

That said this, as with previous readings by Sir Derek Jacobi from Audio Go, is a perfectly pitched rendition of the book. Jacobi places the reader firmly in John Watson's point of view and really makes you feel as if he is telling you the story.

As a leaping off point, this is perfect... invest in it and immerse yourself in the worrld of fiction's best detective!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Gothic Atmosphere 15 Mar 2011
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
Despite being written in 1902, this is immensely fresh and readable mystery. Sherlock Holmes and his offsider Dr Watson are investigating the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville. It appears that he may have fallen victim to a family curse: a ghostly hound that lurks in the nearby moor at night. Holmes and Dr Watson need to solve the mystery and in doing so protect Sir Charles's heir, Sir Henry Baskerville.

The book has a terrific gothic atmosphere. There is the dark and near empty Baskerville Hall, eerie lights and sounds coming from the moor, anonymous letters of warning to Sir Henry, an escaped murderer on the loose, secretive locals and a general feeling of menace. The mystery has a number of strands with plenty of twists and red herrings along the way. Great fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The quintessential Holmes tale 6 Jan 2006
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
The image of Sherlock Holmes in 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' is perhaps the most enduring image we have of him. You see, an Inverness cloak and deerstalker cap are inappropriate wardrobe for the town, and belong in the country. Sherlock Holmes is predominantly a city dweller and city investigator; it is relatively uncommon that he treks out on adventures, but the case of the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville and the attempted murder of Sir Henry Baskerville led him to the Dartmoor plain. Thus, country garb was in order. This is where we get much of our imagery.
Also helping with this is that every major actor to play Holmes has considered 'Hound of the Baskervilles' to be the ultimate Holmes story to act -- rather like the Hamlet of Conan Doyle's work. Holmes was a popular film icon, and in the early decades of the twentieth century several dozen films were made of Holmes, but the first after these many films to be set in Victorian times (and not be updated for the screen) was a version of Hound. Ellie Norwood, Basil Rathbone, Peter Cushing, Jeremy Brett -- many distinguished actors have considered this among their greatest roles.
Watson dates the case to 1889, but various reading authorities, knowing the good doctor's occasional attempts to distort details to protect the privacy of the innocent, have dated this to between 1886 and 1900.
In fact, the novel appeared in serialised form in the Strand magazine, the great first-publication site of most Holmesian tales, between August 1901 and April 1902, after Conan Doyle had attempted to kill off the great detective in the short story The Final Problem, which showcased Holmes' battle with Moriarity, the Napoleon of Crime.
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