His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes

By Arthur Conan Doyle; Owen Dudley Edwards | Go to book overview

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First English edn. of 10,684 copies published on 22 Oct. 1917 by John Murray. A Colonial issue of this edn. was published by G. Bell & Sons on the same date. First American edn. published by the George H. Doran Co. of New York in Oct. 1917. An the individual stories had been published in the Strand Magazine, as noted hereafter. This edn. follows the order of first publication which reflects the order in which the stories were composed.
3Preface: the only point when Watson breaks from within the stories to address the reader, it enhances the theatrical metaphor implicit in the book-title, with the preface a form of presentation from Watson raising the curtain while on the title's indication Holmes at the close brings it down.
philosophy and agriculture: an allusion to Virgil Georgics, whose agricultural preoccupations turn to specific discussion of bees in the last book, a work appropriate to Holmes after the conclusion of his Aeneid. ACD certainly read Virgil Aeneid at Stonyhurst to the extent of a book or so, and would probably know the Georgics in synopsis and by extracts.

complete the volume: as originally completed, the volume carried 'The Adventure of the Cardboard Box', which had lain very long indeed in portfolio, having been printed in the Strand in Jan. 1893. Our series restores it to its proper place among The Memoirs whence it was removed (save for the first American edn.), primarily, it would seem, because ACD's father, Charles Altamont Doyle ( 1832-93), whose alcoholic dependence seems to have resembled in its progress and medical effect that of the murderer James Browner in 'The Cardboard Box', died in a mental home on 10 Oct. between magazine and book publication of The Memoirs. A quarter- century later was a sufficiently decent interval, and if ACD's mother, Mary Foley Doyle ( 1838-1921), had vetoed previous book publication her recent move near her son facilitated withdrawal of the prohibition.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vi
  • General Editor's Preface to the Series vii
  • Introduction xi
  • Note on the Text xxxvi
  • Select Bibliography xxxvii
  • A Chronology of Arthur Conan Doyle xliii
  • Preface 3
  • Wisteria Lodge 5
  • The Bruce-Partington Plans 37
  • The Devil's Foot 68
  • The Red Circle 95
  • The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax 116
  • The Dying Detective 138
  • His Last Bow 155
  • Explanatory Notes 173
  • Appendix Three Unsigned Pieces by P. G. Wodehouse 244
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