Sherlock Holmes: The Major Stories with Contemporary Critical Essays (Bedford Series in History & Culture)
October 20th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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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.

Product Details

  • Series: Bedford Series in History & Culture (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; First Edition edition (November 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312089457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312089450
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

Five Stars

 on October 4, 2015
By Halocall
It was good

... to an understanding of the works and thus a great teaching tool

 on June 29, 2014
By Michael Bessell
Extremely helpful to an understanding of the works and thus a great teaching tool.

its elementary

 on February 3, 2015
By gabriel
because who doesn't love a mystery

Five Stars

 on September 17, 2014
By Patricia Winters
Just what we needed!

good stuff

 on December 8, 2010
By John Francis Raines
It arrived promptly and in perfect condition. The stories were actually pretty entertaining also, even though I was reading them for a critical literature class.

Essays about Sherlock Holmes stories

One person found this helpful.
 on February 6, 2013
By A. David Wunsch
If you like many of the stories of Sherlock Holmes and want to see them analyzed by modern critics get this book. The stories are here as well as the analysis .

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