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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.
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