A new selection of a dozen of the best Sherlock Holmes stories,
which sees Holmes at work from the beginning to the end of his
career, together with a lively introduction and additional
background material. The selection covers the full range of Holmes
stories, including country house mysteries, city mysteries, and
political tales, as well as the book-length The Sign of the Four.
Introduction by Barry McCrea examines the reasons for the stories'
enduring popularity, the 'science of deduction', the late Victorian
and Edwardian context, and Holmes's rich afterlife on stage, page,
and screen. Chronology and explanatory notes provide further
historical context. Up-to-date bibliography. Texts taken from the
Oxford Sherlock Holmes collections. The only anthology of stories
from across the Sherlock Holmes series, and the only edition with
attractive additional features, including introduction and notes.
New to this edition Different selection of stories: 7 stories in
common, 5 new ones, and a total of 12 stories instead of 11.
Up-to-date introduction by Barry McCrea replaces the short
biographical account by S. C. Roberts of 1950. Standard OWC
editorial features (chronology, bibliography, notes) included for
the first time. Reset text, and stories taken from the definitive
Oxford Sherlock Holmes editions. 'Detection is, or ought to be, an
exact science' For more than a century the Holmes stories have held
a strange, almost inexplicable grip on the popular imagination.
They are intimately associated with late Victorian and Edwardian
society, yet curiously timeless in their appeal. The characters of
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, together with their housekeeper Mrs
Hudson and their address at 221B Baker Street are as familiar today
as when they made their first appearance in the late 1880s. The
stories have been endlessly interpreted, adapted, and modernized,
but still it is to Arthur Conan Doyle's originals that we return.
This new selection of some of the best of them is designed to give
readers a full sense of their world: the brooding fog of London,
ruined heirs in creaking mansions, and hidden crimes in the
farthest-flung corners of the British Empire. The stories take
Holmes's career from its early days to its close, and include the
book-length Sign of the Four. Barry McCrea's introduction
investigates the currents that lie beneath their surface. ABOUT THE
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Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship,
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features, including expert introductions by leading authorities,
helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for
further study, and much more. Readership: Readers of detective
fiction, modern British fiction, Victorian literature, Sherlock
Holmes, and students of fiction and empire, popular fiction,
literature and the city, London and the literary imagination,
British modernism, and the fin de siécle