The very first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet was also the first of Conan Doyle's books to be published. His two creations, Holmes, the master of the science of detection and Watson, the great detective's faithful companion, are immediately in fine form. The mystery itself, its solution plucked unerringly by Holmes from the heart of Victorian London, proves to be the inevitable consequence of a tragedy of the American West. The story is harrowing in its alternating hope and despair, although Holmes himself was later to complain that the book 'produces much the same effect as if you worked a love-story or an elopement into the fifth proposition of Euclid'. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Owen Dudley Edwards is Reader in History at thr University of Edinburgh and author of The Quest for Sherlock Holmes: A Biographical Study of Arthur Conan Doyle. Richard Lancelyn Green is the co-author of the standard Soho Bibliography of Conan Doyle (Oxford, 1983) and the author of The Uncollected Sherlock Holmes. Christopher Roden is the editor of the Journal of the Conan Doyle Society, as well as being the Society's secretary. Professor Wallace Robson is a former Emeritus David Masson Professor of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh.