The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The hugely popular book was first published on 7th March1905 by Georges Newnes Ltd and in a Colonial edition by Longmans. 30,000 copies were made of the initian print run. The US edition by McClure, Phillips & co. added another 28,000 copies to the run.

This was the first Holmes collection since 1893, when Holmes had "died" in The Adventure of Final  Problem. Having Published The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1901-1902 (although setting it before Holmes' death ) Doyle came under intense pressure to revive hgis famous charecter.

This collection contains a set of stories from 1894, giving Holmes the period from 1891-94 to explain  -"The Great Hiatus". It has been the subject of intense specculation and analysis by Sherlockian enthusiasts.

Also of note is Watson's statement at the end of the cycle that Holmes has retired and forbids him to publish any more stories.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, DL (22 May 1859 7 July 1930) was a Scottish physician and writer, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, historical novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non-fiction.