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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Contributions by Judith John
Published by Flame Tree Collectable Classics
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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Little treasures, the FLAME TREE COLLECTABLE CLASSICS are chosen to create a delightful and timeless home library. Each stunning, gift edition features deluxe cover treatments, ribbon markers, luxury endpapers and gilded edges. The unabridged text is accompanied by a Glossary of Victorian and Literary terms produced for the modern reader.

Sherlock Holmes remains one of the most celebrated movie characters, played more recently by Robert Downey Jnr (Iron Man) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr Strange). Here though, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes features Arthur Conan Doyle's first 12 stories, published in the Strand Magazine in the 1890s. They establish the iconic characteristics of both Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, his trusty companion whose wide-eyed observations report the antics of the great detective. In stories such as "A Scandal in Bohemia", "The Red-Headed League" The Adventure of the Speckled Band" and "The Man with the Twisted Lip" we see an idiosyncratic Holmes with immense powers of deduction often called upon because the flat-footed police are unable to solve the intricate, diplomatic and occasionally delicate mysteries brought to his door.

Scottish writer and master storyteller Arthur Conan Doyle was born in 1859. As a medical student he was so impressed by his professor’s powers of deduction that he was inspired to create the illustrious and much-loved figure Sherlock Holmes. However in contrast to his scientific background, Conan Doyle became increasingly interested in spiritualism, leaving him keen to explore other fantastical elements in stories such as The Lost World.

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