The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Author:A. Conan Doyle Silver Blaze, which opens these memoirs, is widely regarded by Holmesian scholars as the finest single Holmes short story. And they also agree that the first 22 stories (eventually Doyle wrote a total of 56 Holmes stories and four Holmes novels), which are equally divided between the Adventures and the Memoirs, are the very finest of the Holmes ... more »saga.
The last story in this volume, The Final Problem, culminates in the famous death struggle at Reichenbach Falls between Holmes and the arch-criminal Professor Moriarty, leading everyone, including Dr. Watson, to believe that both had perished there. Author Doyle had meant to kill off Sherlock Holmes; Doyle wished to turn to other kinds of writing; and Doyle stood his ground amid the hue and cry of public protest over Holmes' supposed death; but the outcry remained so great and persistent that, ten years later, Doyle agreed to revive the master detective, in The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
Thanks to Sidney Paget's illustrations in Adventures and Memoirs, Doyle's cast audience knew just what Holmes and Watson and their Baker Street domicile looked like, and they remained so pleased with their looks that all the later illustrators and actors on stage and screen had to imitate Sidney Paget's originals. In these illustrations you will find Basil Rathbone before he was born!
Here is an exact facsimile of the first edition of the Memoirs, the companion volume to the Adventures. Through the pages of this exact reproduction of the original Sidney Paget illustrations we warmly invite you to join this unique adventure.« less