Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Author Spotlight

The movie Sherlock Holmes, directed by Guy Richie and starring Robert Downey Jr.  and Jude Law, opens soon, but if you just can’t wait, why not explore the original!

Clue #1 : Investigate the Call Number: Fiction Doyle (Call numbers will be very useful to you in your investigation)

And you might find: Sherlock Holmes novels (read the first two before you start on the short stories)

  • Study in Scarlet, a (1887) (read where it all began!)
  • Sign of Four (1890)
  • Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)
  • Valley of Fear (1915)
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1893)


Sherlock Holmes Short Stories

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1891), which includes these stories:

  • A Scandal In Bohemia (This Story Includes The Rachael McAdams Character Irene Adler)
  • The Red-Headed League
  • A Case Of Identity
  • The Boscombe Valley Mystery
  • The Five Orange Pips
  • The Man With The Twisted Lip
  • The Blue Carbuncle
  • The Speckled Band
  • The Engineer's Thumb
  • The Noble Bachelor
  • The Beryl Coronet
  • The Copper Beeches


The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927), which includes these stories:

  • The Mazarin Stone
  • Thor Bridge
  • The Creeping Man
  • The Sussex Vampire
  • The Three Garridebs
  • The Illustrious Client
  • The Three Gables
  • The Blanched Soldier
  • The Lion's Mane
  • The Retired Colourman
  • The Veiled Lodger
  • Shoscombe Old Place


Other Fiction by Doyle

Vampire Stories, which includes:

  • The American's Tale
  • The Captain Of The Pole-Star
  • John Barrington Cowles
  • The Ring Of Thoth
  • The Winning Shot
  • The Parasite
  • The Adventure Of The Illustrious Client
  • The Adventure Of The Sussex Vampire
  • The Adventure Of The Three Gables
  • The Case Of The Vanished Vampire

White Company (1890)
Lost World (1912)

Clue #2 : Dig for Clues in the Author’s Life (Biographies)

  • Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters, edited by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower & Charles Foley, 2009. Call Number 92 D754a
  • The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes: The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, by Andrew Lycett, 2007. Call Number 92 D754l
  • The Doctor and the Detective: A Biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, by Martin Booth, 2000. Call Number 92 D754b


Clue #3 : Other Books You Might Want to Inspect

  • The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. by Vincent Starrett Call Number 823 D754Z54
  • Sherlock Holmes : Screen and Sound Guide, by Gordon E. Kelley.Call Number 791.4365 K29