Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
by Arthur Conan Doyle

This work aims to reveal Conan Doyle’s different activities. Apart from being a prolific author – his literary output included historical novels, science fiction and histories of the Boer War and the First World War, he was an early champion of the Channel Tunnel, he played cricket for the MCC, was an advocate of Spiritualism, introduced cross country skiing to Switzerland and he was acquainted with many public figures of the late Victorian and Edwardian period.

The Sign of Four
by Conan Sir Arthur Doyle, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir

First published in 1890, The Sign of Four is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s second book starring legendary detective Sherlock Holmes. The story is complex, involving a secret between four ex-cons from India and a hidden treasure. More complex than the first Holmes novel, The Sign of Four also introduces the detective’s drug habit and leaves breadcrumbs for the reader that lead toward the final resolution. Readers are offered an explanation of the mystery from the killer’s perspective, encouraging a sense of sympathy with the condemned that the previous book also lacked. Any fan of the mystery genre should consider this book a must-read. Scottish surgeon and political activist SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (1859-1930) turned his passions into stories and novels, producing fiction and nonfiction works sometimes controversial (The Great Boer War, 1900), sometimes fanciful (The Coming of the Fairies, 1922), and sometimes legendary (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1892).

Danger! and Other Stories
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Title story of this volume was written about eighteen months before the outbreak of the war, and was intended to direct public attention to the great danger which threatened this country. It is a matter of history how fully this warning has been justified and how, even down to the smallest details, the prediction has been fulfilled.

The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes
by Andrew Lycett

Though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s name is recognized the world over, for decades the man himself has been overshadowed by his better understood creation, Sherlock Holmes, who has become one of literature’s most enduring characters. Based on thousands of previously unavailable documents, Andrew Lycett, author of the critically acclaimed biography Dylan Thomas, offers the first definitive biography of the baffling Conan Doyle, finally making sense of a long-standing mystery: how the scientifically minded creator of the world’s most rational detective himself succumbed to an avid belief in spiritualism, including communication with the dead.

Conan Doyle was a man of many contradictions. Always romantic, energetic, idealistic and upstanding, he could also be selfish and fool-hardy. Lycett assembles the many threads of Conan Doyle’s life, including the lasting impact of his domineering mother and his wayward, alcoholic father; his affair with a younger woman while his wife lay dying; and his nearly fanatical pursuit of scientific data to prove and explain various supernatural phenomena. Lycett reveals the evolution of Conan Doyle’s nature and ideas against the backdrop of his intense personal life, wider society and the intellectual ferment of his age. In response to the dramatic scientific and social transformations at the turn of the century, he rejected traditional religious faith in favor of psychics and séances — and in this way he embodied all of his late-Victorian, early-Edwardian era’s ambivalence about the advance of science and the decline of religion.

The first biographer to gain access to Conan Doyle’s newly released personal archive — which includes correspondence, diaries, original manuscripts and more — Lycett combines assiduous research with penetrating insight to offer the most comprehensive, lucid and sympathetic portrait yet of Conan Doyle’s personal journey from student to doctor, from world-famous author to ardent spiritualist.


A Study in Scarlet
by SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE, Choi Hyun

 A Study in Scarlet is an 1887 detective novel by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Written in 1886, the story marks the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, who would become among the most famous characters in literature. The book’s title derives from a speech given by Holmes, an amateur detective, to his friend and chronicler Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story’s murder investigation as his "study in scarlet": "There’s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.“

 

The story, and its main characters, attracted little public interest when it first appeared. Only 11 complete copies of the magazine in which the story first appeared, Beeton’s Christmas Annual for 1887, are known to exist now and they have considerable value. Although Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories featuring Holmes, A Study in Scarlet is one of only four full-length novels in the original canon. The novel was followed by The Sign of the Four, published in 1890. A Study in Scarlet was the first work of detective fiction to incorporate the magnifying glass as an investigative tool.

 

SHERLOCK HOLMES—his limits.

1. Knowledge of Literature.—Nil.

2. Philosophy.—Nil.

3. Astronomy.—Nil.

4. Politics.—Feeble.

5. Botany.—Variable. Well up in belladonna,

opium, and poisons generally.

Knows nothing of practical gardening.

6. Geology.—Practical, but limited.

Tells at a glance different soils

from each other. After walks has

shown me splashes upon his trousers,

and told me by their colour and

consistence in what part of London

he had received them.

7. Chemistry.—Profound.

8. Anatomy.—Accurate, but unsystematic.

9. Sensational Literature.—Immense. He appears

to know every detail of every horror

perpetrated in the century.

10. Plays the violin well.

11. Is an expert singlestick player, boxer, and swordsman.

12. Has a good practical knowledge of British law.

 

reference : Wikipedia, A Study in Scarlet


Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

What is the secret of a goose that swallowed a priceless blue gem? How is a woman killed when she is alone in a locked room? Why does a mysterious club only include people with red hair? These puzzles are all solved by the greatest detective the world has ever known in Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes. Adapted from three of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tales of suspense ( The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, and The Red Headed League) these thrilling mysteries are made accessible to young readers in this fabulous easy to read edition.

The Sign of the Four
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s second novel starring the great detective Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of the Four weaves together a complex plot involving stolen treasure, a secret pact between guards and prisoners, and the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Revealing and humanizing Holmes beyond his portrayal in A Study in Scarlet, this novel from 1890 shows us the detective’s drug habits and introduces Watson’s wife-to-be, Mary Morstan.

The Final Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The canon of Sherlock Holmes adventures by Arthur Conan Doyle contains fifty-six stories and four novels. But there were yet other adventures and artifacts pertaining to Mr. Holmes not listen in the canon. Peter Haining has collected them here, complete with informative and entertaining introductions. This special, revised collector’s edition is profusely illustrated. A must for any Sherlock enthusiast.


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