The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of short stories by British writer Arthur Conan Doyle, first published late in 1893 with 1894 date. It was first published in the UK by G. Newnes Ltd., and was published in the US by Harper & Brothers in February 1894. It was the second collection featuring the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, following The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Like the first it was illustrated by Sidney Paget.

The twelve stories were originally published in The Strand Magazine from December 1892 to December 1893 as The Adventures number 13 to 24. For instance, “The Final Problem” was published under the subheading “XXIV.β€”The Adventure of the Final Problem.” In the United States, the stories were first published in Harper’s Weekly, except for “The Final Problem,” which appeared in McClure’s Magazine.

Doyle determined that these would be the last Holmes stories, and intended to kill off the character in “The Final Problem”. Reader demand stimulated him to write another Holmes novel in 1901–1902, The Hound of the Baskervilles, set before “The Final Problem”. The next year a new series, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, begins with the aftermath of “The Final Problem”, in which it is revealed that Holmes actually survived.


The sequence of stories matches that of the magazine series, December 1892 to December 1893, when “The Adventure of the Naval Treaty” was published in two parts, October and November.

“The Adventure of Silver Blaze”

“The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” – not in the first British edition, nor many other eds.

“The Adventure of the Yellow Face”

“The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk”

“The Adventure of the Gloria Scott”

“The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual”

“The Adventure of the Reigate Squire”

“The Adventure of the Crooked Man”

“The Adventure of the Resident Patient”

“The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter”

“The Adventure of the Naval Treaty”

“The Final Problem”

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