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The fifteen Sherlock Holmes stories reprinted in this volume are generally held to be the most significant, innovative and influential tales featuring Arthur Conan Doyle's archetypal detective. Drawn principally from the first three Holmes collections, these selections are each followed by a concise commentary on its relation to Doyle, other Holmes tales, and the genre of detective fiction. The nine accompanying essays, which reflect the recent critical interest in Holmes, examine the stories from a variety of contemporary critical perspectives. The first five essays (by Martin Priestamn, Peter Brooks, Gian Paolo Caprettini, John A. Hodgson , and Alastair Fowler) focus in questions of narrative, deduction, and plot; the next four (by Stephen Knight, Catherine Belsey, Rosemary Hennessey and Rajeswari Mohan, and Audry Jaffe) social, historical, ideological, and gender issues. Each critical essay is preceded by a headnote that discusses the essay's critical approach. An introduction by the editor discusses the relation of Sherlock Holmes to Doyle's own life, reviews the history of the stories' publication and reception, and provides a brief overview of the contemporary critical essays. Additional sources of enrichment and direction for further study are provided by the four appendices: a chronology of Doyle's life; a note on Doyle's favorite Holmes stories; an annotated bibliography of aholmes collections and critical studies; and a list of film and video versions of the stories in the book.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 443-446) and index. Filmography: p. 439-441.

Table of Contents

  About This Book

    

  Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes: Biographical and Critical Contexts

    

PART I. THE MAJOR SHERLOCK HOLMES STORIES

    

    From A Study in Scarlet

    A Scandal in Bohemia

    The Red-headed League

    A Case of Identity

    The Boscombe Valley Mystery

    The Man with the Twisted Lip

    The Blue Carbuncle

    The Speckled Band

    Silver Blaze

    The Musgrave Ritual

    The Final Problem

    The Empty House

    The Dancing Men

    Charles Augustus Milverton

    The Second Stain

    

PART II. CONTEMPORARY CRITICAL ESSAYS

    

    Martin Priestman, Sherlock Holmes--The Series

    Peter Brooks, Reading for the Plot

    Gian Paolo Caprettini, Sherlock Holmes: Ethics, Logic, and the Mask

    John A. Hodgson, The Recoil of "The Speckled Band": Detective Story and Detective Discourse

    Alastair Fowler, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Dancing Men and Women

    Stephen Knight, The Case of the Great Detective

    Catherine Belsey, Deconstructing the Text: Sherlock Holmes

    Rosemary Hennessy and Rajeswari Mohan, "The Speckled Band": The Construction of Woman in a Popular Text of Empire

    Audrey Jaffe, Detecting the Beggar: Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry Mayhew, and "The Man with the Twisted Lip"

    

  Appendices

    A Chronology of Arthur Conan Doyle

    Doyle's Favorite Sherlock Holmes Stories

    Sherlock Holmes on Film

    Select Bibliography

    

  Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312089450
Editor:
Hodgson, John A.
Author:
Hodgson, John A.
Author:
Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir
Author:
Doyle, Arthur Conan
Publisher:
Bedford Books
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
History, criticism and surveys
Subject:
Mystery & Detective Fiction
Subject:
Doyle, arthur conan, sir, 1859-1930
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Bedford Series in History & Culture
Publication Date:
19931131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
452
Dimensions:
8.25 x 6.38 in

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