Sherlockian.Net: The Hound of the Baskervilles

While Watson went to see a man about a dog, Holmes went to see a dog about a man. #60in60

Basic information

Abbreviation (J. F. Christ, 1947): HOUN
Word length (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960): 59,452
First published: Strand Magazine, serialized August 1901 through April 1902. First book editions, George Newnes Ltd. (London) and McClure, Phillips & Co. (New York), 1902.

Text available on-line

[Art in black and red]
Original art on canvas by Ian Walker

    Links of interest

  • Story summary from McMurdo's Camp
  • Spark Notes, 'today's most popular study guides'
  • MojoNotes 8-minute study video
  • Unputdownable: the Penguin edition is right on your hands
  • The Erotic Hound, by Rod Mollise
  • The text as a series of lessons in the artificial language Novial
  • Bertram Fletcher Robinson, mentioned in the dedicatory note
  • Diane Rehm Show, NPR, May 20, 2009
  • BBC Sherlock "The Hounds of Baskerville", annotated
  • Devon Heritage
  • Dartmoor National Park
  • What to Do on Dartmoor
  • Dartmoor Prison Museum and Visitor Centre
  • Baskerville Hall Hotel, Hay on Wye
  • Les Evadés de Dartmoor (Sherlockian society)
  • The fear of dogs
  • Can fear really induce a fatal heart attack?
  • Do all demon dogs lead to Doyle?The black dog route
  • Phosphorus
  • Laura Lyons, Playmate of the Month
  • A comparison of film versions (Charlotte Smith)
  • Sherlock Holmes' (and Conan Doyle's) Finest Hour
  • Hound of the Baskervilles and other tours of Devon
  • A dog run in Chicago

    Redmond's Delicate Question

    First half: Within a few paragraphs of this novel's beginning, James Mortimer says to Sherlock Holmes, "I confess that I covet your skull." Is it right for a shiver to run down the reader's spine? And in how many ways does that unexpected sentence foreshadow what is to come as the events of the story unfold?

    Second half: This novel is often interpreted as a discussion of what happens when science and superstition meet. Is it also -- considering the lingering love with which doyle has Watson describe the rank vegetation of the mire and the bleak beauty of the moor -- about the collision between urban civilization and rural nature?

    "The View Halloa", by Rosemary Michaud
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