1 April 2019 Susannah

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’

My mother read me The Hound of the Baskervilles when I was about ten years old. I vividly remember lying along the end of her bed and listening with rapt attention to the tale of a spectral hound on a desolate moor, of a man sucked down to a terrible death in a bog, and a brilliant detective telling me at the end just what had been going on. Sidney Paget’s vivid illustrations added to the appeal and from that moment my love affair with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his superb fictional creations began. (Thanks once again to my dearest mother who gave me so much literary pleasure).

Doyle wrote four novellas featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, but The Hound of the Baskervilles has always been the most famous and popular. It provides high tension, mystery, the supernatural and the rational, a legend, mysterious doings in the dark, a bit of romance, an unscrupulous villain and a super-sleuth. What more could you ask for?

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Featured Image credit- Basil Rathbone, Wendy Barrie, and Richard Greene in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939); https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031448/

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