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Doyle - The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

Doyle - The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

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The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes
Doyle, Arthur Conan
Published:
 1923
Type(s):
 Short Fiction, Crime/Mystery, Collections
Source:
 Wikisource
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About Doyle:
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was aScottish author most noted for his stories about the detective SherlockHolmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the fieldof crime fiction, and the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was aprolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, historic-al novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non-fiction.Conan was originally a given name, but Doyle used it as part of hissurname in his later years.Source: Wikipedia
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Preface
I fear that Mr. Sherlock Holmes may become like one of those populartenors who, having outlived their time, are still tempted to make re-peated farewell bows to their indulgent audiences. This must cease andhe must go the way of all flesh, material or imaginary. One likes to thinkthat there is some fantastic limbo for the children of imagination, somestrange, impossible place where the beaux of Fielding may still makelove to the belles of Richardson, where Scott's heroes still may strut,Dickens's delightful Cockneys still raise a laugh, and Thackeray's world-lings continue to carry on their reprehensible careers. Perhaps in somehumble corner of such a Valhalla, Sherlock and his Watson may for atime find a place, while some more astute sleuth with some even less as-tute comrade may fill the stage which they have vacated.His career has been a long one—though it is possible to exaggerate it;decrepit gentlemen who approach me and declare that his adventuresformed the reading of their boyhood do not meet the response from mewhich they seem to expect. One is not anxious to have one's personaldates handled so unkindly. As a matter of cold fact, Holmes made hisdebut in A Study in Scarlet and in The Sign of Four, two small bookletswhich appeared between 1887 and 1889. It was in 1891 that "A Scandal inBohemia," the first of the long series of short stories, appeared in TheStrand Magazine. The public seemed appreciative and desirous of more,so that from that date, thirty-nine years ago, they have been produced ina broken series which now contains no fewer than fifty-six stories, repub-lished in The Adventures, The Memoirs, The Return, and His Last Bow.and there remain these twelve published during the last few years whichare here produced under the title of The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes.He began his adventures in the very heart of the later Victorian era, car-ried it through the all-too-short reign of Edward, and has managed tohold his own little niche even in these feverish days. Thus it would betrue to say that those who first read of him, as young men, have lived tosee their own grown-up children following the same adventures in thesame magazine. It is a striking example of the patience and loyalty of theBritish public.I had fully determined at the conclusion of The Memoirs to bringHolmes to an end, as I felt that my literary energies should not be direc-ted too much into one channel. That pale, clear-cut face and loose-limbedfigure were taking up an undue share of my imagination. I did the deed, but fortunately no coroner had pronounced upon the remains, and so,
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