ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Updated on February 25, 2015
Colin Quartermain profile image

Colin has been reading as long as he can remember, and the works of Conan Doyle were some of the early works that kept him reading.

Sherlock Holmes is one of English literature’s most enduring fictional characters. For 40 years, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would write short stories and novels featuring the world’s only consulting detective, and by the time of Conan Doyle’s death 4 novels and 56 short stories had been produced.

The short stories were the perfect length to feature in the monthly editions of the Strand Magazine, but were far too short to be reprinted in book form, so compilation books were produced, the first of which was The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

1st Edition of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

OpenLibrary.org PD US
OpenLibrary.org PD US | Source

Publication of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The first Holmes story was a novel, A Study in Scarlet, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, and this was followed three years later by The Sign of the Four, another novel.

In 1891 the Strand Magazine then commissioned Conan Doyle to produce short stories for their publication; and in July 1891 A Scandal in Bohemia, the first short Sherlock Holmes story appeared. Each subsequent month a new case for the detective was written, and so in June 1892, with the publication of The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, 12 short stories now existed.

These 12 cases would then be collected together, and reprinted as a new book, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a work which also included the illustrations of Sidney Paget. The first publication being undertaken by George Newnes Ltd in the United Kingdom on 14 October 1892, and three days in the United States by Harper. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes though, has been republished regularly ever since.

The Client from A Scandal in Bohemia

Sidney Paget (1860 - 1908) PD-life-70
Sidney Paget (1860 - 1908) PD-life-70 | Source

Contents of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The running order of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes would follow the Strand Magazine publishing order.

A Scandal in Bohemia - Sherlock Holmes is engaged by the King of Bohemia to retrieve a photograph from Irene Adler, a photo which might endanger the future wedding of the king.

The Adventure of the Red-Headed League ­– A London pawnbroker, Jabez Wilson, asks Holmes to investigate just why he has lost his part-time job working for the Red-Headed League.

A Case of Identity - Sherlock Holmes is hired by Mary Sutherland to investigate the disappearance of her fiancé as he was on the way to the church for the pair to be married.

The Boscombe Valley Mystery - Holmes is called down to the Boscombe Valley by Alice Turner and Inspector Lestrade. Charles McCarthy had been murdered and his son, James, is the chief suspect.

The Five Orange PipsSherlock Holmes investigates why the delivery of five orange pips in a letter proves so deadly for members of the Openshaw family.

The Man with the Twisted LipNeville St Clair has disappeared, virtually in front of the eyes of Mrs St Clair, and Holmes has to find out what a beggar has to do with the disappearance and possible murder.

The Mystery Hat from the Blue Carbuncle

Sidney Paget (1860 - 1908) PD-life-70
Sidney Paget (1860 - 1908) PD-life-70 | Source

The Wedding Ceremony from the Noble Bachelor

Sidney Paget (1860 - 1908) PD-life-70
Sidney Paget (1860 - 1908) PD-life-70 | Source

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle – Its Christmas time and Sherlock Holmes has just been presented with the mystery of an abandoned hat and goose; with the detective trying to find their rightful owners.

The Adventure of the Speckled BandHelen Stoner is worried, her life seems to be mirroring that of her dead sister. Helen has started to hear strange noises at night, and Holmes is immediately concerned for her safety.

The Adventure of the Engineer’s ThumbDr Watson brings one of his patients to Holmes. A hydraulic engineer called Victor Hatherley has had his thumb chopped off during a night of misadventure.

The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor The new wife of Lord Robert St Simon has disappeared shortly after the wedding ceremony, with her wedding dress found shortly afterwards by the Serpentine. Holmes has to find out just what has happened.

The Adventure of the Beryl CoronetAlexander Holder has been keeping a valuable coronet as collateral for a loan, but his son Arthur had been caught red handed trying to steal. Holmes though is not so sure of Arthur’s guilt.

The Adventure of the Copper BeechesMiss Violet Hunter has been trying to decide whether to take a governess position at the Copper Beeches, a position with some strange requirements, and seeks out Holmes for his guidance.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett

The TV Series

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is also the title given to the first two series of the Granada Television series based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The production would run from 1984 through to 1994, with Jeremy Brett playing Sherlock Holmes, and David Burke, and then Edward Hardwicke, playing Dr Watson.

The production was known for keeping to the original storylines, as penned by Conan Doyle, but the order of the episodes was not the same as the original stories.

There were 13 episodes in Granada’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, but only five episodes were actually taken from the original compilation work; other stories from the Sherlock Holmes canon being filmed instead. Some of the missing stories were filmed in later years, but when the production ended in 1994 (with Brett’s death), four stories, A Case of Identity, The Five Orange Pips, The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb, and The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet had not been adapted.

Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)