The Hound of the Baskervilles

Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Hound of the Baskervilles is a novel by English author Arthur Conan Doyle, first published in 1902. Originally serialised in The Strand Magazine, it is the fifth book of the Sherlock Holmes canon, and the third of the four full length novels (the rest being short story collections). It is one of the most famous books ever written and was inspired by the legend of Brook Hall (situated in a parish in Devon) and Squire Richard Cabell, a man who, it is rumoured, sold his soul to the devil. Furthermore, Devon has folklore that includes a supernatural dog (the Yeth hound), which may also have inspired Doyle. The novel is set on Dartmoor in the West Country of Devon and tells the story of a murder. Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead near his manor - his face frozen in an expression of horror and the footprints of a massive dog nearby. Legend has it that during the time of the English Civil War, Hugo Baskerville abducted a young girl and caused her death on the moor, and was in return, killed by a huge demonic dog. Since then, this hound has been haunting the manor.

This was Sherlock Holmes' first reappearance since he was apparently killed off in 'The Final Problem', a short story in the collection, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.

№ 5 in the Sherlock Holmes series.

This book has 59,268 words, 112 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1902.

Production notes: This ebook of The Hound of the Baskervilles was published by Global Grey on the 25th October 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Memories of the Giant Mountains' by Caspar David Friedrich.

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