823: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

by Gerard


823.8: Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Pleasantville, NY: Reader’s Digest, 1987. 270 pp. ISBN 0-89577-277-9.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 800: Literature
  • 820: British and Old English literatures
  • 823: British fiction
  • 823.8: 1837-1899

Sherlock Holmes is one of the many iconic figures in literature. So much so that he has migrated into movies and television as well. Appearing first in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle spent forty years crafting the persona of Holmes along with his trusty sidekick Dr. John Watson. The mysteries span four full-length novels and 56 short stories. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes covers 12 stories originally published in Strand magazine from July 1891 to June 1892.

There is not much else I can add to the volumes and volumes of words written about Sherlock and his genius, but sufficed to say that these were great fun to finally read. The writing is a little aged, but Watson’s tone as the narrator keeps things moving along nicely. As a fan of the current BBC series, it was very interesting to see the source material for so many of the episodes. Holmes is just as acerbic and maniacal in the stories as one would expect, but the reader can’t help but cheer him on when the going gets tough. A classic, enjoyable read.