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Overview

As a dense yellow fog swirls through the streets of London, a deep melancholy has descended on Sherlock Holmes, who sits in a cocaine-induced haze at 221B Baker Street. His mood is only lifted by a visit from a beautiful but distressed young woman - Mary Morstan, whose father vanished ten years before. Four years later she began to receive an exquisite gift every year: a large, lustrous pearl. Now she has had an intriguing invitation to meet her unknown benefactor and urges Holmes and Watson to accompany her. And in the ensuing investigation - which involves a wronged woman, a stolen hoard of Indian treasure, a wooden-legged ruffian, a helpful dog and a love affair - even the jaded Holmes is moved to exclaim, 'Isn't it gorgeous!'

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140439076
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2001
Series: Sherlock Holmes Mystery Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 108,798
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was born in Edinburgh and took a degree in medicine at Edinburgh University before becoming a doctor in Southsea. He began writing detective stories to supplement his income and 'A Study in Scarlet' (1887) introduced his finest creation, the hawk-eyed detective, Sherlock Holmes. 

Peter Ackroyd is a well known writer and historian. He has been the literary editor of The Spectator and chief book reviewer for the The Times, as well as writing several highly acclaimed books including a biography of Dickens and London: The Biography. He resides in London and his most recent highly acclaimed work is Thames: Sacred River.

Date of Birth:

May 22, 1859

Date of Death:

July 7, 1930

Place of Birth:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Place of Death:

Crowborough, Sussex, England

Education:

Edinburgh University, B.M., 1881; M.D., 1885

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Arthur Conan Doyle: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

The Sign of Four

Appendix A: Domestic Contexts

  1. From Havelock Ellis, The Criminal (1890)
  2. From Cesare Lombroso, The Man of Genius (1891)

Appendix B: Colonial Contexts: Accounts of the Indian “Mutiny,” 1857–58

  1. From Sir William Muir, Agra in the Mutiny and the Family Life of W. & E.H. Muir in the Fort, 1857: A Sketch for their Children (1896)
  2. From Sir William Muir, Agra Correspondence during the Mutiny (1898)
  3. From James P. Grant, The Christian Soldier: Memorials of Major-General Sir Henry Havelock (1858)
  4. From Rev. Frederick S. Williams, General Havelock and Christian Soldiership (1858)
  5. From Mrs. R.M. Coopland, A Lady’s Escape from Gwalior and Life in Agra Fort during the Mutinies of 1857 (1859)
  6. From Sir J.W. Kaye and G.B. Malleson, The History of the Indian Mutiny of 1857–8 (1888–89)

Appendix C: Colonial Contexts: The First and Second Anglo-Afghan Wars

  1. From Sir Henry Havelock, Narrative of the War in Affghanistan, 1838–9 (1840)
  2. From Lady Florentia Sale, A Journal of the Disasters in Affghanistan, 1841–2 (1843)
  3. From J.W. Kaye, History of the War in Afghanistan. From the Unpublished Letters and Journals of Political and Military Officers Employed in Afghanistan throughout the Entire Period of British Connexion with that Country (1851)
  4. From “The Murder of Lord Mayo,” The Times (15 April 1872)

Appendix D: Colonial Contexts: The Andaman Islands

  1. “The Andaman Islands, A Penal Settlement for India,” letter to the editor of The Times (11 November 1857)
  2. From Frederic J. Mouat, Adventures and Researches Among the Andaman Islanders (1863)
  3. From the Annual Report on the Settlement of Port Blair and the Nicobars for the Year 1872–3 (1873)
  4. From “The Andamans Penal Settlement,” The Times (13 February 1872)
  5. From “The Andaman Settlements: From Our Own Correspondent,” The Times (26 December 1873)
  6. From the Annual Report on the Settlement of Port Blair and the Nicobars for the Year 1873–4 (1874)
  7. From Edward Horace Man, On the Aboriginal Inhabitants of the Andaman Islands (1884)
  8. From Maurice Vidal Portman, A History of Our Relations with the Andamanese. Compiled from Histories and Travels, and from the Records of the Government of India (1899)

Appendix E: Contemporary Reviews

  1. Anon., “Magazines for February,” Liverpool Mercury (5 February 1890)
  2. Anon., “Notes on Novels,” Dublin Review (April 1890)
  3. Anon., “Novels of the Week,” The Athenaeum (6 December 1890)
  4. Anon., “New Novels,” The Academy (13 December 1890)
  5. Anon., “A Batch of Novels,” Liverpool Mercury (24 December 1890)
  6. Anon., “New Novels,” The Graphic (7 February 1891)
  7. Anon., “Review of Books,” The Cape Illustrated Magazine (1 October 1894)
  8. Anon., The Cape Illustrated Magazine (1 November 1894)
  9. From Andrew Lang, “The Novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,” The Quarterly Review (July 1904)

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