The Complete Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Conan Doyle

Review by
Robert Wilfred Franson
preface by Christopher Morley

Doubleday: New York, 1930

1122 pages

June 2008


The Complete Sherlock Holmes is the basic text if you want to enjoy A. Conan Doyle's great detective hero. I say basic deliberately; it is complete and solid. It's a much-reprinted, fairly easy-to-find collection, and with it you needn't worry about whether any assemblage of partial collections gives you all of these fine pieces: four novels and fifty-six short stories. Christopher Morley, an expert in Holmesiana, contributes a preface.

There are fancy and book club editions of The Complete Sherlock Holmes; some are divided into two volumes, albeit with continuous pagination.

If at some depth of sleuthful immersion you want intriguing supporting detail as well as original illustrations, I recommend The Annotated Sherlock Holmes: rarer, more expensive, and less handy — my favorite collected edition.


© 2008 Robert Wilfred Franson

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