Quoth the Parrot, "Nevermore?"
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
All of the and originally appeared in magazine, copies of which are exhibited. was omitted from the English edition of when the tales were gathered into book form on the ground that it involved an illicit love affair. Harper's, however, did not know of this and included it in their first issue. "As soon as this was discovered by Doyle he must have protested, because Harper's immediately issued a new edition (with "New and Revised Edition" on the title page) and very possibly suppressed or withdrew the first."—Scribner Holmes catalogue.
Why did the raven decide to perch on the goddess of wisdom?
Sherlock returns from his wanderings in Tibet and elsewhere in the guise of a second-hand book dealer in the first tale, . "A poor bibliophile who, either as a trade or a hobby was a collector of obscure volumes," Watson surmises. It was a perfect role for Holmes who was indeed an ardent collector as evidenced in where we are assured that he "was never so formidable as when, for days on end, he had been lounging in his armchair amid his black-letter editions."
Lilly Library call number: PS2617 .A1 1843 vault
The only detective story by the author of "The Sword in the Stone," etc. Almost unknown, or at least not mentioned by any authorities we have consulted.
Lilly Library call number: PS2618 .M99 1842
This famous yarn, not really a detective story, begins: "It was not until several weeks after he had decided to murder his wife that Dr. Bickleigh took any active steps in the matter. Murder is a serious business. The least step may be disastrous. Dr. Bickleigh had no intention of risking disaster." Take it from there! The first "Francis Iles" work. Also exhibited, .
Lilly Library call number: PS2618 .P9 1845
The poet's first detective novel, a prep school yarn. "From the year of his marriage (1928) until 1935 he taught in several schools to support his growing family. This, however, did not give him the leisure he desired for his poetry and he turned to writing detective stories under the "Blake" nom de guerre for the frank purpose of supplementing his income. This attempt was so successful financially that he was soon able to give up teaching altogether."—Haycraft. But not poetry.