If it seems like Sherlock Holmes is everywhere these days, over 125 years since his introduction as a super-sleuthing detective, you might be right. The fictional Scottish detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle originally gained popularity for his use of empirical evidence, his commitment to rigorous logic, and his ability to disguise himself. Although Doyle published his last Sherlock Holmes story in 1927, the detective has lived on in the public imagination, providing inspiration with his intelligence, creativity, and dedication to science. Over the last five years, such qualities have led to Sherlock’s resurgence in popular culture.
This Sherlock Holmes renaissance includes two major films (Sherlock Holmes in 2009, and A Game of Shadows in 2011) and two TV shows re-imagining Sherlock for the 21st century (Sherlock on BBC/PBS, Elementary on CBS). There is also a new book linking the creation of Sherlock Holmes to Arthur Conan Doyle’s investigation of tuberculosis. With a U.S. federal court recently lifting copyright restrictions on 50 Sherlock stories published prior to 1923, we are likely to see even more of the popular gumshoe in the near future.
Not to be outdone, Canterbury Classics offers three modern and imaginative Sherlock Holmes books that provide an affordable introduction to Doyle’s timeless tales.
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes features twelve short stories that introduce the detective’s clever disguises and ability to solve even the most elusive mysteries, as told by his friend and biographer, Dr. Watson. Part of the Word Cloud Classics series, it comes as a stylish and easy-to-hold volume with a heat-burnished cover and foil stamping.
- A keepsake for fans of detective novels, as well as all great literature, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Other Stories is a compilation of six classic Sherlock books, including The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of Four, The Valley of Fear, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, and The Casework of Sherlock Holmes. This addition to our Leather-bound Classics series includes gold foil stamping, a ribbon bookmark, and special endpaper illustrations that add a creative splash to the stories.
- The richness of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock stories recently received a new spark from the release of The Illustrated Sherlock Holmes. This contemporary edition features two Sherlock adventures (A Scandal in Bohemia and The Blue Carbuncle), and vividly brings the elements of each to life through lively pop-up graphics. According to Geek Dad Reviews, these pop-up features make the book unique and an appealing introduction to Sherlock Holmes for young readers. With bright and dramatic artwork that leaps off the page, these stories will grab you like never before.
In honor of Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday on May 22nd, we’ll be giving away a copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes from our Word Cloud Classics collection. Visit our Facebook page for details.