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Book Title: Sherlock Holmes - Obra Completa - Volume 1|
The author of the book: Arthur Conan Doyle
Date of issue: 2004
ISBN 13: 9788500012907
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Oh, Sherlock Holmes, where have you been all my life?
Murder! Intrigue! Theft! Blackmail! Here, in two novels and 36 stories, are some of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, as recorded by his trusty friend and sidekick Dr. John Watson, from their first fateful meeting to Holmes's apparent death and surprising return, and beyond--featuring murderous Mormons, Klansmen without Konscience, mysterious American ladies with mysterious pasts, kidnappers, wayward clerks, giants, hunters, bad men, good men, beasts of all natures and descriptions--oops, sorry, got carried away there. All the familiar characters are here: Irene Adler, Professor Moriarty, cocaine, Mycroft Holmes, Inspector Lestrade, cocaine! Ripping yarns and thrilling mysteries galore! What are you waiting for? Onward, to adventure!
Gubner Rick Perry doesn't like to admit it, but abstinence-only programs don't work; teens and young adults will do what they like no matter how many lectures and pledges and rings are foisted on them. You can't stop it. And just as it is unrealistic to expect people to remain celibate until marriage, it is just as difficult--no, almost impossible--to approach the Sherlock Holmes stories as a complete virgin.
Well, you Holmeswhores can speak for yourselves--I almost did it. Sure, I may have been diddled by Uncle Walt when I was young, and I kinda fooled around a bit with a dog named Wishbone, but hey, I was just a kid, I didn't know any better! And fine, maaaaybe I got to first or second base in high school English with "The Red-Headed League," but it doesn’t really count if we kept our pants on. It was just the one time, honest!
And then I had a one-night stand with the BBC's Sherlock. Several times. First time I was hanging out with friends, second time I found it on Netflix, and the, uh, I'm sorry, I can't remember the third time.
Really, though, when you think about it, it isn't easy. Sherlock Holmes has been in movies for over a hundred years--but I've seen none of them. Radio--nope. "Continuing adventures" from other writers--also nope. Television shows--well, there were a few Wishbone episodes, and the first two episodes of Sherlock, but nothing else. Detective stories "inspired" by Doyle--Nate the Great, the Encyclopedia Brown stories, Disney's The Great Mouse Detective, and I suppose House, M.D. counts too--but, like Shakespeare plays, and like the Bible, the Sherlock Holmes stories are practically universal, and yet my exposure to them, before now, was almost nil. Somehow, incredibly, I was the 24-year-old Sherlock Holmes virgin.
And I am glad I waited.
I picked up Bantam Classics' 2-volume set of Sherlock Holmes stories last year; Volume I includes the novels A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four, plus the three collections Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, and The Return of Sherlock Holmes. At over 1,000 pages it was pretty hefty, even for a mmpb, and I thought it would be wise to take my time-- starry-eyed virgin that I was, I thought I could space the stories out, spend a few months savoring the collection, read a story a day to avoid getting bored, then take a long break and pick up Vol. II sometime next year.
Silly me. I devoured Scarlet in the space of two days, consumed Four not long after, swallowed the collections whole, licked my plate, and asked for seconds. (this may or may not still be a sex metaphor--you decide!) It was only with the strongest amount of willpower that I paced myself, a bit, by taking small breaks between the novels and collections--enough to take a breath, that is--and my plan to wait a few months before starting Vol II. fell apart rather quickly as I cleared my short story schedule to fit in more Holmes...which I read just as quickly, and recently finished. And what a feast! I may be stuffed to the gills (ok, this isn't a sex metaphor anymore), I may be fat and happy (ditto), but dammit, I want more Holmes! More! MORE!
Looks like it's time to try those movies and tv shows and books I've been avoiding. What can I say, I'm a Sherlock slut.
A Study in Scarlet
(More to come!)
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Read information about the authorArthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.
Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record in the registry of St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh gives 'Arthur Ignatius Conan' as his Christian name, and simply 'Doyle' as his surname. It also names Michael Conan as his godfather.
At the age of nine Conan Doyle was sent to the Roman Catholic Jesuit preparatory school, Hodder Place, Stonyhurst. He then went on to Stonyhurst College, leaving in 1875.
From 1876 to 1881 he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. This required that he provide periodic medical assistance in the towns of Aston (now a district of Birmingham) and Sheffield. While studying, Conan Doyle began writing short stories. His first published story appeared in "Chambers's Edinburgh Journal" before he was 20. Following his graduation, he was employed as a ship's doctor on the SS Mayumba during a voyage to the West African coast. He completed his doctorate on the subject of tabes dorsalis in 1885.
In 1885 Conan Doyle married Louisa (or Louise) Hawkins, known as "Touie". She suffered from tuberculosis and died on 4 July 1906. The following year he married Jean Elizabeth Leckie, whom he had first met and fallen in love with in 1897. Due to his sense of loyalty he had maintained a purely platonic relationship with Jean while his first wife was alive. Jean died in London on 27 June 1940.
Conan Doyle fathered five children. Two with his first wife—Mary Louise (28 January 1889 – 12 June 1976), and Arthur Alleyne Kingsley, known as Kingsley (15 November 1892 – 28 October 1918). With his second wife he had three children—Denis Percy Stewart (17 March 1909 – 9 March 1955), second husband in 1936 of Georgian Princess Nina Mdivani (circa 1910 – 19 February 1987; former sister-in-law of Barbara Hutton); Adrian Malcolm (19 November 1910–3 June 1970) and Jean Lena Annette (21 December 1912–18 November 1997).
Conan Doyle was found clutching his chest in the hall of Windlesham, his house in Crowborough, East Sussex, on 7 July 1930. He had died of a heart attack at age 71. His last words were directed toward his wife: "You are wonderful." The epitaph on his gravestone in the churchyard at Minstead in the New Forest, Hampshire, reads:
ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
PATRIOT, PHYSICIAN & MAN OF LETTERS
Conan Doyle's house, Undershaw, located in Hindhead, south of London, where he had lived for a decade, had been a hotel and restaurant between 1924 and 2004. It now stands empty while conservationists and Conan Doyle fans fight to preserve it.
A statue honours Conan Doyle at Crowborough Cross in Crowborough, where Conan Doyle lived for 23 years. There is also a statue of Sherlock Holmes in Picardy Place, Edinburgh, close to the house where Conan Doyle was born.
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