A. C. Doyle

The most famous fictional detective in the world is Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. However, Doyle was, at best, ambivalent about his immensely successful literary creation and, at worst, resentful that his more "serious" fiction was relatively ignored. Born in Edinburgh, Doyle studied medicine from 1876 to 1881 and received his M.D. in 1885. He worked as a military physician in South Africa during the Boer War and was knighted in 1902 for his exceptional service. Doyle was drawn to writing at an early age. Although he attempted to enter private practice in Southsea, Portsmouth, in 1882, he soon turned to writing in his spare time; it eventually became his profession. As a Liberal Unionist, Doyle ran, unsuccessfully, for Parliament in 1903. During his later years, Doyle became an avowed spiritualist. Doyle sold his first story, "The Mystery of the Sasassa Valley," to Chambers' Journal in 1879. When Doyle published the novel, A Study in Scarlet in 1887, Sherlock Holmes was introduced to an avid public. Doyle is reputed to have used one of his medical professors, Dr. Joseph Bell, as a model for Holmes's character. Eventually, Doyle wrote three additional Holmes novels and five collections of Holmes short stories. A brilliant, though somewhat eccentric, detective, Holmes employs scientific methods of observation and deduction to solve the mysteries that he investigates. Although an "amateur" private detective, he is frequently called upon by Scotland Yard for assistance. Holmes's assistant, the faithful Dr. Watson, provides a striking contrast to Holmes's brilliant intellect and, in Doyle's day at least, serves as a character with whom the reader can readily identify. Having tired of Holmes's popularity, Doyle even tried to kill the great detective in "The Final Problem" but was forced by an outraged public to resurrect him in 1903. Although Holmes remained Doyle's most popular literary creation, Doyle wrote prolifically in other genres, including historical adventure, science fiction, and supernatural fiction. Despite Doyle's sometimes careless writing, he was a superb storyteller. His great skill as a popular author lay in his technique of involving readers in his highly entertaining adventures.
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Since his first appearance in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Now, in one eBook, Bantam Classics presents all fifty-six short stories and four novels featuring Conan Doyle’s classic hero—a truly complete collection of Sherlock Holmes’s adventures in crime!

Volume I includes the early novel A Study in Scarlet, which introduced the eccentric genius of Sherlock Holmes to the world. This baffling murder mystery, with the cryptic word Rache written in blood, first brought Holmes together with Dr. John Watson. Next, The Sign of Four presents Holmes’s famous “seven percent solution” and the strange puzzle of Mary Morstan in the quintessential locked-room mystery. Also included are Holmes’s feats of extraordinary deception in such famous cases as the chilling “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” the baffling riddle of “The Musgrave Ritual,” and the ingeniously plotted “The Five Orange Pips.”

Volume II begins with The Hound of Baskervilles, a haunting novel of murder on eerie Grimpen Moor, which has rightly earned its reputation as the finest murder mystery ever written. The Valley of Fear matches Holmes against his archenemy, the master of imaginative crime, Professor Moriarty. In addition, the loyal Dr. Watson has faithfully recorded Holmes’s feats of extraordinary detection in such famous cases as the thrilling “The Adventure of the Red Circle,” Holmes’s tragic and fortunately premature farewell in “The Final Problem,” and the twelve baffling adventures from The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes.

Conan Doyle’s incomparable tales bring to life a Victorian England of horse-drawn cabs, fogs, and the famous lodgings at 221 B Baker Street, where for more than forty years Sherlock Holmes earned his undisputed reputation as the greatest fictional detective of all time.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Finally, the great literary giant Sir Arthur Conan Doyle receives the scholarly Delphi Classics treatment. This comprehensive eBook offers the most complete edition possible Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works in the US.

Features:
* the most complete edition possible due to US copyright restrictions
* annotated with concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* illustrated with the original Sherlock Holmes images
* images of how the books first appeared, giving your EReader a taste of the Victorian texts
* ALMOST all of the Sherlock Holmes stories (due to copyright) – even the rare and unfinished THE ADVENTURE OF THE TALL MAN
* the rare comic opera Conan Doyle collaborated on with Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie
* ALL of the short stories and short story collections have their own unique contents tables – choose from a vast range of amazing and rare short stories
* rare non-fiction texts
* Conan Doyle’s historic war treatises with maps and more
* scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
* features five rare plays by Conan Doyle, including SHERLOCK HOLMES - explore the Great Man's theatrical talents!
* scarce non-fiction works, including the GEORGE EDALJI and OSCAR SLATER real-life crime cases that Conan Doyle helped solve!
* UPDATED with rare works and stories

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The Sherlock Holmes Collections
SHERLOCK HOLMES: AN INTRODUCTION
A STUDY IN SCARLET
THE SIGN OF THE 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 FIELD BAZAAR
HOW WATSON LEARNT THE TRICK
THE ADVENTURE OF THE TALL MAN

The Sherlock Holmes Stories

The Challenger Works
THE LOST WORLD
THE POISON BELT

Historical Novels
MICAH CLARKE
THE WHITE COMPANY
THE GREAT SHADOW
THE REFUGEES
RODNEY STONE
UNCLE BERNAC
SIR NIGEL

Other Novels and Novellas
THE MYSTERY OF CLOOMBER
THE FIRM OF GIRDLESTONE
THE DOINGS OF RAFFLES HAW
BEYOND THE CITY
THE PARASITE
THE STARK MUNRO LETTERS
THE TRAGEDY OF THE KOROSKO
A DUET

The Short Story Collections
THE CAPTAIN OF THE POLESTAR AND OTHER TALES.
THE GREAT KEINPLATZ EXPERIMENT AND OTHER TALES OF TWILIGHT AND THE UNSEEN
MY FRIEND THE MURDERER AND OTHER MYSTERIES AND ADVENTURES
THE GULLY OF BLUEMANSDYKE AND OTHER STORIES
ROUND THE RED LAMP
THE GREEN FLAG AND OTHER STORIES
THE EXPLOITS OF BRIGADIER GERARD
THE ADVENTURES OF GERARD
ROUND THE FIRE STORIES
THE LAST OF THE LEGIONS AND OTHER TALES OF LONG AGO
THE LAST GALLEY
DANGER! AND OTHER STORIES
TALES OF TERROR AND MYSTERY
THE DEALINGS OF CAPTAIN SHARKEY AND OTHER TALES OF PIRATES
THE MAN FROM ARCHANGEL AND OTHER TALES OF ADVENTURE
UNCOLLECTED SHORT STORIES

The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Opera
JANE ANNIE, OR THE GOOD CONDUCT PRIZE

The Plays
WATERLOO
SHERLOCK HOLMES
THE SPECKLED BAND
THE CROWN DIAMOND
THE JOURNEY

The Poetry
SONGS OF ACTION
SONGS OF THE ROAD
THE GUARDS CAME THROUGH

The Non Fiction
THE GREAT BOER WAR
THE WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA
THROUGH THE MAGIC DOOR
THE CRIME OF THE CONGO
THE CASE OF MR. GEORGE EDALJI
THE CASE OF MR. OSCAR SLATER
THE HOLOCAUST OF MANOR PLACE
THE BRAVOES OF MARKET-DRAYTON
THE DEBATABLE CASE OF MRS. EMSLEY
THE LOVE AFFAIR OF GEORGE VINCENT PARKER
THE BRITISH CAMPAIGN IN FRANCE AND FLANDERS VOLUMES I-VI
A VISIT TO THREE FRONTS. JUNE 1916
A GLIMPSE OF THE ARMY
GREAT BRITAIN AND THE NEXT WAR
THE FUTURE OF CANADIAN LITERATURE
THE NEW REVELATION
THE VITAL MESSAGE
THE WANDERINGS OF A SPIRITUALIST
THE COMING OF THE FAIRIES
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