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The Hound of the Baskervilles



This is the third of the four crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally serialised in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902, it is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England's West Country and tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson investigate the case.

We owe this novel to Arthur Conan Doyle's good friend Fletcher "Bobbles" Robinson, who took him to visit some scary English moors and prehistoric ruins, and told him marvelous local legends about escaped prisoners and a 17th-century aristocrat who fell afoul of the family dog. Doyle transmogrified the legend: generations ago, a hound of hell tore out the throat of devilish Hugo Baskerville on the moonlit moor. Poor, accursed Baskerville Hall now has another mysterious death: that of Sir Charles Baskerville. Could the culprit somehow be mixed up with secretive servant Barrymore, history-obsessed Dr. Frankland, butterfly-chasing Stapleton, or Selden, the Notting Hill murderer at large? Someone's been signaling with candles from the mansion's windows. Nor can supernatural forces be ruled out. Can Dr. Watson--left alone by Sherlock Holmes to sleuth in fear for much of the novel--save the next Baskerville, Sir Henry, from the hound's fangs?

First serialized in The Strand Magazine between 1901 and 1902, Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles is possibly the most famous and well-loved of the Sherlock Holmes Canon. Based off an old legend, brought to Conan Doyle by a friend, Bertram Fletcher Robinson, nicknamed "Bobbles". It tells the story of an old family with a terrible curse: generations ago, one of the progenitors of the Baskerville family, a wicked man named Hugo, was punished for his sins by a hellhound. The same hound is now thought to be the killer of the late Sir Charles Baskerville, an entirely respectable descendant of Hugo Baskerville. His nephew, the only remaining Baskerville, Henry, has returned to take his place at the family home on the moor, but will he too be hunted down by the hound? Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are called in to investigate the mysterious occurrences around the death of Sir Charles, but the evidence is not straightforward and it will take all their wits to take down the culprit behind the man's death. Is the guilty party only a man with a motive, or perhaps something deadlier from the fiery bowels of the earth? None of the colorful characters of The Hound are above suspicion, not even the long-time servant of the Baskervilles, Barrymore, or his wife. Nor is Dr. Frankland, an obsessive lawsuit fanatic, or the highly dangerous Selden, escaped murderer, out on the moor. The same of Dr. Stapleton, a seemingly harmless naturalist, and his sister? Even Mortimer, a scientist, family friend of the Baskervilles, and the man who brings the case to Holmes, cannot be overlooked. And what of a mysterious stranger, observed by Watson in the long absence of Holmes, who is back in London? The moor is dark and treacherous, while strange noises echo across. Is anyone safe? And will Holmes and his faithful Watson discover the truth, whether earthly or supernatural, behind the mystery surrounding the Baskervilles in time to prevent another tragedy?--Submitted by August Potato.

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I have just finished reading it, and have only one more qustion to address. When Watson was on top of that guy's roof (cannot remember his name now) and he was looking through the telescope, he was a boy carying food to someone. This later proved to be Cartwright. My question is, as Watson met Cartwright in London earlier in the book, wouldn't be able to recognise him immediately after seeing him?

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Hello Everyone, This may seem silly, but I'd really appreciate any help I can get with this: A long time ago, I had 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' on television. Unfortunately, I cannot remember who starred in it, but I remember the shot where Stapleton is being chased on the moor towards the end and he mocks Sherlock Holmes by using the following words: "You can never catch me, Mr. Holmes." before losing step and ending up in the mire. Now I thought Jeremy Brett starred in this particular movie but I was mistaken and on account of several of the re-makes of this classic being available, I have no real clue :( Can you help me with this? Thanks in anticipation, Spooks

Essay Question...

Hey Everyone out there... I have a question here that I am a bit unsure of...I'm hoping someone can help me out :) Anyways..the question is.. " Explain how Jack Stapelton expected/plotted to steal the baskerville fortune" I have some ideas but I think I'm missing a bunch. Anything you can tell me is greatly appreciated. Thanks again!


what is the main conflict of this book???


I think the book was a good book to read if you were/are trying to add to your vocabulary or learn to comprehend more details in a short amount of pages. Therefore I liked the book for those reasons, only.

very, very good

i'm 14 and i had to read this book for my high school summer homework. it was a very good book. i would recommend it to anyone who likes mystery novels. :nod:


this book was really interesting. i had to read it forlit. i thought it was just going to be another boring lit story. but it was awesome and i recommed every klid in the world for reading.

I agree!

I agree that you really need to read this book. I feel that all of Doyle's works are so great that they should put his stories in leather bindings.

Holmes on clues

As a PI, this is my favorite. It makes you think outside of the box.

Reminds me of the statement:

"The lack of clues lead to the arrest of the Invisable Man."

There are a lot of people in prison based upon circumstantial evidence...

"a lack of a clue can be much more revealing!"

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I am a senior in high school...and I read the novel The Hound Of Baskervilles because it was required for me to read two works of a British author for my term paper--and I chose Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I read the book and it was really good, and I am actually glad that I read it because it was really appealing. Also, for my termpaper, after reading two novels--one I have yet to read called The Poison Belt, I need to come up with information connecting Doyle's life with his works...and I am unsure of how to do so. If anyone could possibly give me some links to help me it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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