Free Book Friday: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Homes may have become a cliché but Arthur Conan Doyle's detective remains the father of the modern crime novel.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve
stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective and
illustrated by Sidney Paget.
These are the first of the Sherlock Holmes short stories,
originally published as single stories in the Strand Magazine from July 1891 to
June 1892. The book was published in England on October 14, 1892 by George
Newnes Ltd and in a US Edition on October 15 by Harper. The initial combined
print run was 14,500 copies.
The book was banned in the Soviet Union in 1929 for
occultism, although the book shows few to no signs of such material. Later, the
embargo was lifted.
I first read this collection of stories as a teenager, but have recently re-discovered their elegant genius whilst re-reading with my 10 year old son. Some of the stories have not worn well, but The Speckled band remains a masterpiece.