The sign of the four and other stories

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Publisher: Wentworth Press

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The sign of the four and other stories

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Publisher: Wentworth Press

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Page: 572

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

Conan Doyle's Best Books

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

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Category: Detective and mystery stories, English

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Sherlock Holmes Among the Pirates

Copyright and Conan Doyle in America 1890-1930

Author: Donald Aitcheson Redmond

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

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Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 286

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This study focuses on the publishing history of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, tracing the story of the first two Holmes novels, which were widely pirated in the U.S. from 1890-1930. The book details the background that enabled piracy to occur and provides extensive descriptive lists of the various issues of A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four. The American issues are described in detail, with defects and inconsistencies clearly documented. Also included is a genealogical tree that traces the editions of these novels and thorough examples of their textual variations.

The Sign of the Four; Or, the Problem of the Sholtos

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Publisher: iUniverse

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Category: Fiction

Page: 120

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In this fascinating adventure, first published in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine in 1890, Sherlock Holmes tracks down a mysterious Indian treasure, and Dr. Watson finds romance. It is the second of four novella-length works featuring the world’s first consulting detective, and offers much insight into Holmes’s investigative methods, as well as some shocking revelations about his personal life. New Millennium Library editions apply the information age’s newest technologies to one of the most enduring artifacts of modern civilization: the printed book. The New Millennium Library presents well-known “classics” as well as lesser-known treasures and hard-to-find popular works from the past that up until now have frequently been unavailable to general readers. Available at www.iuniverse.com for free online browsing in attractively designed, easy-to-read formats, these titles never go out of print and can be produced upon demand as personalized editions and custom collections.

The Sign of the Four and the Valley of Fear

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

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Page: 198

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Arthur Conan Doyle was a Scottish writer and physician best known for his stories featuring the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle was a prolific author and his innovative mysteries make him one of the most widely read authors in history. Conan Doyle also wrote The Lost World, which was one of the earliest and most influential works in the lost world genre of fiction. The Sign of the Four, published in 1890, is a novel that begins with a beautiful young woman asking Sherlock and Watson to accompany her as she meets with a mysterious benefactor. The Valley of Fear, published in 1915, is the final Sherlock Holmes novel. The book begins with Sherlock receiving a message from an agent of Professor Moriarty.

The Sign of the Four

Author: SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

Publisher: ebookspub

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Page: 111

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The Sign of the Four (1890), also called The Sign of Four, is the second novel featuring Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle wrote four novels and 56 stories starring the fictional detective. The story is set in 1888. The Sign of the Four has a complex plot involving service in East India Company, India, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, a stolen treasure, and a secret pact among four convicts ("the Four" of the title) and two corrupt prison guards. It presents the detective's drug habit and humanizes him in a way that had not been done in the preceding novel, A Study in Scarlet (1887). It also introduces Doctor Watson's future wife, Mary Morstan. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle described how he was commissioned to write the story over a dinner with Joseph M. Stoddart, managing editor of an American publication Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, at the Langham Hotel in London on 30 August 1889. Stoddart wanted to produce an English version of Lippincott’s with a British editor and British contributors. The dinner was also attended by Oscar Wilde, who eventually contributed The Picture of Dorian Gray to the July 1890 issue. Doyle discussed what he called this "golden evening" in his 1924 autobiography Memories and Adventures. The novel first appeared in the February 1890 edition of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine as The Sign of the Four; or The Problem of the Sholtos (five-word title), appearing in both London and Philadelphia. The British edition of the magazine originally sold for a shilling, and the American for 25 cents. Surviving copies are now worth several thousand dollars. Over the following few months in the same year, the novel was then republished in several regional British journals. These re-serialisations gave the title as The Sign of Four. The novel was published in book form in October 1890 by Spencer Blackett, again using the title The Sign of Four. This edition was illustrated by Charles H. M. Kerr. The title of both the British and American editions of this first book edition omitted the second "the" of the original title. Different editions over the years have varied between the two forms of the title, with most editions favouring the four-word form. The actual text in the novel nearly always uses "the Sign of the Four" (the five-word form) to describe the symbol in the story, although the four-word form is used twice by Jonathan Small in his narrative at the end of the story. As with the first story, A Study in Scarlet, produced two years previously, The Sign of the Four was not particularly successful to start with. It was the short stories, published from 1891 onwards in Strand Magazine, that made household names of Sherlock Holmes and his creator. reference : Wikipedia, The Sign of the Four

The Sign of Four

Broadview Reprint Edition

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Publisher: Broadview Press

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Category: Fiction

Page: 167

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It is in this, the second Holmes novel, that the great detective comes fully to life—not only as a melancholic and an inscrutable master of deduction, but also as an incurable drug addict. "Which is it today?" Watson asks Holmes matter-of-factly on the opening page of the novel, "morphine or cocaine?" "It is cocaine," Holmes famously replies. "A seven-per-cent solution. Would you like to try it?" Mary Morstan comes to Holmes in the hope that he will be able to solve a mystery. Ten years earlier her father, Captain Arthur Morstan, had returned to London on leave from his regiment in India where it is said that he and one Thadeus Sholto, "came into possession of a considerable treasure." By the time his daughter arrived at his hotel, he had vanished without a trace. The Sign of Four remains a small masterpiece of suspense, and the novel has enjoyed a steady readership ever since its first publication in 1890. In recent years, however, it has not been readily available except as a part of larger omnibus Holmes anthologies. This Broadview edition provides a reliable text at a very reasonable price. It contains textual notes but no appendices or introduction.