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Old 9th Nov 2004, 19:03   #1
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What with amner constantly going on about Sherlock Holmes (but, er, like, in a cool way, mate), I felt it was about time I investigated the old crack-smoking oboist. Happy then that The Book People are doing 10 Sherlock Holmes books in those cheery Penguin retro covers



for no more than what Stephen Fry in character would have called 'ten of your earth pounds.' So naturally I have taken them up on their kind offer. Can't link to it from here because they use frames and popups but go to their website and click under Fiction on the left hand menu or search for Sherlock Holmes...
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Wow...beautiful, absolutely beautiful. My Christmas list is complete in one fell swoop, cheers JS.
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So can you tell the uninitiated, ie me, if this is all the Holmes books, amner? The titles are:
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Valley of Fear
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Sign of Four
  • A Study in Scarlet
  • His Last Bow
  • The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
In fact I think the last one is a selection of Holmes stories by other writers, given that the cover seems to say "After Sir Arthur Conan Doyle"...
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Yep, you have that exactly right. Here's the full list of ACD-penned stories:

A Study in Scarlet - 1888

The Sign of Four - 1890

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - 1892
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 Adventure of the Speckled Band
The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb
The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
The Adventure of the Copper Beeches


Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - 1894
Silver Blaze
The Yellow Face
The Stock-broker's Clerk
The "Gloria Scott"
The Musgrave Ritual
The Reigate Puzzle
The Crooked Man
The Resident Patient
The Greek Interpreter
The Naval Treaty
The Final Problem


The Hound of the Baskervilles - 1902

The Return of Sherlock Holmes - 1905
The Adventure of the Empty House
The Adventure of the Norwood Builder
The Adventure of the Dancing Men
The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist
The Adventure of the Priory School
The Adventure of Black Peter
The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton
The Adventure of the Six Napoleons
The Adventure of the Three Students
The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez
The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter
The Adventure of the Abbey Grange
The Adventure of the Second Stain


The Valley of Fear - 1915

His Last Bow - 1917
The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge
The Adventure of the Cardboard Box
The Adventure of the Red Circle
The Adventure of the Bruce-Pardington Plans
The Adventure of the Dying Detective
The Disappearance of Lady Francis Carfax
The Adventure of the Devil's Foot
His Last Bow


The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes - 1927
The Adventure of the Illustrious Client
The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier
The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone
The Adventure of the Three Gables
The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire
The Adventure of the Three Garridebs
The Problem of Thor Bridge
The Adventure of the Creeping Man
The Adventure of the Lion's Mane
The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger
The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place
The Adventure of the Retired Colourman
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Excellent titles - The Man with the Twisted Lip, heheh, sounds like something from Ripping Yarns. In fact I remember in One Foot in the Grave, where the individual episode titles often had a literary provenance (Hearts [sic] of Darkness, The Trial, The Pit and the Pendulum), there was one called The Return of the Speckled Band. Which actually has better rhythm than The Adventure of... Watch and learn, Doylers.
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Just reading up a bit on Doyle's life and work on the excellent official site. Even as a stranger to the world of Holmes, I knew Doyle felt constrained by the popularity of the Holmes stories, as evidenced in this cartoon:



- but I had no idea that he had written so many other books, all now forgotten (are they available? Are they any good? The Lost World is the only one I've heard of), nor that the pressure for him to continue the series was so great:

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During a trip to Switzerland, he found the spot where his hero was to come to his end. In The Final Problem, published in December 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty plunged to their deaths at The Reichenbach Falls. As a result, twenty thousand readers cancelled their subscriptions to The Strand Magazine.
Wow! Twenty thousand Kathy Bateses in Misery... I was going to lament the fact that nobody takes literary characters so seriously now, but perhaps they do. I mean, why else would J.K. Rowling be idling so long over the last Harry Potter books...?
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Poor old ACD. He even had another stab at it: His Last Bow.

His Last Bow, people! Come on! But no, then along comes the Casebook.

Anyway, yes, the other books, well they're all rather unfashionable derring-do Boy's Own stuff (great character names, though, doncha think? Brigadier Gerard and Professor Challenger?). My dad and mom's father had all that stuff, but I think it's fairly hard to get hold of now.

How could a book called The Disintegration Machine fall off the public radar? I don't know.
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...but I had no idea...that the pressure for him to continue the series was so great:

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During a trip to Switzerland, he found the spot where his hero was to come to his end. In The Final Problem, published in December 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty plunged to their deaths at The Reichenbach Falls. As a result, twenty thousand readers cancelled their subscriptions to The Strand Magazine.
The back-tracking in Holmes's return in the adventure following the Reichenbach Falls incident is marvellous. It's given straight-faced, but try not to smile at the audacity of it. Here is Holmes telling Watson where he's been for the past few years since his well-publicised 'death':

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I travelled for two years in Tibet, therefore, and amused myself by visiting Lhassa, and spending some days with the head lama. You may have read of the remarkable explorations of a Norwegian named Sigerson, but I am sure that it never occurred to you that you were receiving news of your friend. I then passed through Persia, looked in at Mecca, and paid a short but interesting visit to the Khalifa at Khartoum, the results of which I have communicated to the Foreign Office. Returning to France, I spent some months in a research into the coal-tar derivatives, which I conducted in a laboratory at Montpellier, in the south of France.
Wonderful.
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Beats Watson waking up to find Holmes in the shower. Or weren't they that kind of couple?

I suppose it's a bit like John Mortimer and the Rumpole books. I read the first handful many years ago and he's had more farewell tours than Frank Sinatra. I recall a Rumpole Rests his Case, a Rumpole's Last Case, and a Rumpole for the Prosecution (which was supposed to be a shocking denouement in itself, with Rumpole only ever defending), but on and on they go. Most recently I think I saw one called Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders, which if memory serves would refer to the case which made him, much referred to in the earlier stories but never actually told - until now. Perhaps this, like Hound of the Baskervilles, is a way of Mortimer bringing him back without bringing him back.
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Beats Watson waking up to find Holmes in the shower. Or weren't they that kind of couple?
Odd you should say that (no, that's not what I mean). Like all the stuff we 'think' we know - that old conversation - one dip into the canon will have you muttering "well I never" over and over again.

Think it's just two confirmed bachelors setting up in rooms and taking on cases? Think again...

Full of surprises.
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