The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
“The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” is the first of many short story collections featuring detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner Watson. Among many others, it contains the following episodes:
A Scandal In Bohemia
The Red-Headed League
A Case Of Identity
The Boscombe Valley Mystery
The Five Orange Pips
The Man With The Twisted Lip
The Adventure Of The Blue Carbuncle
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
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Basics about the book (from Wikipedia):
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It was first published on 14 October 1892; the individual stories had been serialised in The Strand Magazine between June 1891 and July 1892. The stories are not in chronological order, and the only characters common to all twelve are Holmes and Dr. Watson. The stories are related in first-person narrative from Watson’s point of view.
In general the stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes identify, and try to correct, social injustices. Holmes is portrayed as offering a new, fairer sense of justice. The stories were well received, and boosted the subscriptions figures of The Strand Magazine, prompting Doyle to be able to demand more money for his next set of stories. The first story, “A Scandal in Bohemia”, includes the character of Irene Adler, who, despite being featured only within this one story by Doyle, is a prominent character in modern Sherlock Holmes adaptations, generally as a love interest for Holmes. Doyle included four of the twelve stories from this collection in his twelve favourite Sherlock Holmes stories, picking “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” as his overall favourite.
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