There is no one standard text of the Sherlock Holmes stories [NOTE: This is no longer true with the 1994 edition published by Oxford UP]. The standard English edition is the two-volume set published by Murray in 1928-29, during Doyle's lifetime; the standard American edition is that published by Doubleday in 1930, the year of Doyle's death. Both editions contain a few errors. The Bantam edition (based on the Doubleday edition) has the particular value of being readily available in paperback. Baring-Gould's quirky edition, a monument of "Sherlockian" pseudo-scholarship (it arranges the stories and novels in "biographical" order and argues interminably about their actual dates, locales, historical occasions, and their intertextual consistencies or inconsistencies), is yet a mine of valuable annotative information about relevant details of late Victorian life.
Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Annotated Sherlock Holmes. Ed. William S. Baring-Gould. 2 vols. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1967.
.........The Complete Sherlock Holmes. Intro. Christopher Morley. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1930.
.........Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories. Intro. Loren Estleman. 2 vols. New York: Bantam, 1986.
.........Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet; The Sign of Four; The Hound of the Baskervilles; The Valley of Fear: The Complete Long Stories. London: Murray, 1929.
.........Sherlock Holmes: His Adventures; Memoirs; Return; His Last Bow and The Case-Book: The Complete Short Stories. London: Murray, 1928. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1967. [Orig. French edition, 1964.]
DeWaal, Ronald Burt. The World Bibliography of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. New York: Bramball House, 1974.
DeWaal, Ronald Burt.The International Sherlock Holmes. Hamden, CT: Archon, 1980.
Green, Richard Lancelyn, and John Michael Gibson, eds. A Bibliography of A. Conan Doyle. Oxford: Clarendon, 1983.
Doyle's career. Doyle's own Memories and Adventures, more memoirs
than autobiography, is a series of reminiscences and commentaries written
separately over a period of many years, then assembled and extensively
filled out late in the author's life; three chapters deal particularly
with Holmes. InThrough the Magic Door, Doyle discusses the books
that have most pleased and satisfied him as a reader.
Carr, John Dickson. The Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. New York: Harper, 1949.
Doyle, Arthur Conan. Memories and Adventures. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1924.
......Through the Magic Door. London: Smith, Elder, 1907.
Higham, Charles. The Adventures of Conan Doyle: The Life of the Creator of Sherlock Holmes. New York: Norton, 1976. Nordon, Pierre. Conan Doyle: A Biography. Trans. Frances Partridge.
Atkinson, Michael. "Staging the Disappearance of Sherlock Holmes: The Aesthetics of Absence in 'The Final Problem."' Gettysburg Review 4 (1991): 206-14.
Babener, Liahna 1987  "The Shadow's Shadow: The Motifof the Double in Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Purloined Letter,"' in Literary Theory in Practice, edited by Shirley F. Staton, 42-53 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press).
Baring-Gould, William S., ed. 1967 The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, 2 vols. (New York: Clarkson N. Potter).
Barolsky, Paul. "The Case of the Domesticated Aesthete." Virginia QuarterlyReview60 (1984): 438-52.
Barzun, Jacques 1980  "Detection and the Literary Art," from The Deli,ghts of Detection, in Winks 1980: 144-53.
Bigelow, S. Tupper 1976 "An Assessment and Valuation of the Ten Best Canonical Stories, with Some Observations on Those Somewhat Less Deserving of Praise," in Beyond Baker Street: A Sherlockian Anthology, edited by Michael Harrison, 45-54 (Indianapolis and New York: Bobbs-Merrill).
Bonfantini, Massimo A., and Giampaolo Proni 1983 "To Guess or Not to Guess?" in Eco and Sebeok 1983: 119-34.
Brooks, Peter 1985  Readingfor the Plot: Design and Intention in Nawative (New York: Vintage).
Caillois, Roger 1983  "The Detective Novel as Game," translated by William W. Stowe, in The Poetics of Murder: Detective Fiction and Literary Theory, edited by Glenn W. Most and William W. Stowe, 1-12 (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich).
Champigny, Robert 1977 What Will Have Happened: A Philosophical and
Technical Essay on Mystery Stories (Bloomington: Indiana University
Chatman, Seymour 1978 Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film (Ithaca: Cornell University Press).
Clausen, Christopher. "Sherlock Holmes, Order, and the Late-Victorian Mind." Georgia Review 38 (1984): 104-23.
Collins, Wilkie 1966  The Moonstone, edited by J. I. M. Stewart (London: Penguin).
Culler, Jonathan 1981 "Story and Discourse in the Analysis of Narrative," The Pursuit of Signs: Semiotics, Literature, Deconstruction, 169-87 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press).
Derrida, Jacques 1975 "The Purveyor of Truth," translated by Willis Domingo, James Hulbert, Moshe Ron, and Marie-Rose Logan, raleFrenchStudies52: 31-113.
Doyle, Arthur Conan 1924 Memories and Adventures (London: Hodder and Stoughton). 1980  "The Sherlock Holmes Prize Competition--How I Made My List," in A Sherlock Holmes Compendium,edited by Peter Haining, 208-10 (London: W. H. Allen) .
Eco, Umberto, and Thomas A. Sebeok, eds. 1983 The Sign of Three: Dupin, Holmes, Peirce (Bloomington: Indiana University Press).
Eco, Umberto, and Thomas A. Sebeok, eds. The Sign of Three: Dupin, Holmes, Peirce. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1983. [A collection of essays sharing a semiotic approach. ]
Edwards, O . D . (1983) . The Quest for Sherlock Holmes (Edinburgh: Mainstream).
Foucault, Michel 1970  The Order of Things: An Archaeolo0y of the Human Sciences (New York: Random House).
Fowler, Alastair. "Sherlock Holmes and the Dancing Men and Women." From Addressing Frank Kermode: Essays in Criticism and Interpretation. Edited by Margaret Tudeace-Clayton and Martin Warner. Copyright g) 1991 by Alastair Fowler. Reprinted by permission of Macmillan Press Ltd. Reprinted in the United States and Canada with the permission of the University of Illinois Press.
Genette, Girard. Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method. Trans Jane E. Lewin. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1980.
Genette, Girard. The Architext: An Introduction. Trans. Jane E. Lewin. Berkeley: U of California P, 1992.
Guillard, Dawson 1981 DorothyL. Sayers (NewYork: Ungar).
Haycraft, Howard, ed . 1946 The Art of the Mystery Story (New York: Simon and Schuster).
Heissenbuttel, Helmut 1983  "Rules ofthe Game ofthe Crime Novel," translated by Glenn W. Most and William W. Stowe, in The Poetics of Murder: Detective Fiction and Literary Theory, edited by Glenn W. Most and William W. Stowe, 79-92 (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich).
Hennessy, Rosemary and Rajeswari Mohan. "'The Speckled Band': The Construction
of Woman in a Popular Text of Empire." From Textual Practice, Vol. 3,
No.3 (Winter 1989). Copyright 1989 by Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Hodgson, John A. "The Recoil of the Speckled Band: Detective Story and Detective Discourse." Poetics Today, 13 (Summer 1992). Copyright 1992 by the Porter Institute for Poetics and Semlotics.
Hoffman, Daniel 1972 Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe (Garden City, NY: Doubleday).
Jaffe, Audre. "Detecting the Beggar: Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry Mayhew and 'The Man with the Twisted Lip. [Copyright 1990 by the Regents of the University of California. Reprinted fromRepresentations, No. 31 (Summer 1990): 96-117.
Jann, Rosemary. "Sherlock Holmes Codes the Social Body." ELH57 (1990): 685-708.
Jung, C. G. (1953). Psychology and Alchemy, trans. R F. C. Hull (London: Roucledge and Kegan Paul).
Kermode, F. (1983). Essays on Fiction: 1971-82 (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul).
Klein, Kathleen Gregory, and Joseph Keller 1986 "Deductive Detective Fiction: The Self-Destructive Genre," Genre 19(2): 155-72.
Knight, Stephen. "The Case of the Great Detective." From Meanjin 40.2 (July 1981): 175-85. Copyright 1981 bY the University of Melbourne.
Knight, Stephen. Form and Ideology in Crime Fiction. London: Macmillan, 1980.
Knox, R. A. (1954). "Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes," in his Essays in Satire (London and New York: Sheed and Ward).
Knox, Ronald A. 1946  "A Detective Story Decalogue," in Haycraft 1946: 194-96.
Lambert, Gavin 1980  "Prologue," The Dangerous Edge, in Winks 1980: 47-52.
Lanham, Richard A. A Handlist of Rhetorical Terms: A Guide for Students of English Literature. Berkeley: U of California P, 1968.
Murphy, Cait 1987 "The Game's Still Afoot," The Atlantic 259(3): 58-62, 64-66.
Naugrette, Jean-Pierre. "Le rituel du recit: lecture d'une nouvelle de Conan Doyle." Litterature 53(February 1984): 46-57. [On "The Musgrave Ritual."]
Nicolson, Marjorie 1946  "The Professor and the Detective," in Haycraft 1946: 110-27.
Ousby, Ian 1976 Bloodhounds of Heaven: The Detective in English Fiction from Godwin to Doyle(Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press).
Ousby, Ian. Bloodhounds of Heaven: The Detective in English Fiction from Godwin to Doyle.Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1976.
Poe, Edgar Allan 1978 Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Thomas Ollive Mabbott. Vols. 2 and 3, Tales and Sketches (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press).
Porter, Dennis 1981 The Pursuit of Crime: Art and Ideology in Detective
Fiction (New Haven: Yale University Press).
Priestman, Martin. "Sherlock Hoimes: The Series." From Detective Fiction and Literature: Tht Figure on the Carpet. Copyright 1990 Martin Pnestman. Reprinted by permission of St. Martin's Press, Inc., and Macmillan Press Ltd.
Priestman, Martin. Detective Fiction and Literature: The Figure on the Carpet. London: Macmillan, 1990.
Prince, Gerald 1987 A Dictionary of Nawatology (Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press).
Redmond, Donald A. 1982 Sherlock Holmes A Study in Sources (Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press).
Redmond, Donald A. Sherlock Holmes, a Study in Sources. Montreal: McGill-Queen's UP, 1982.
Sayers, Dorothy L. 1946  "Introduction," from The Omnibus of Crime, in Haycraft 1946: 71-109. 1967  MurderMust Advertise (New York: Avon).
Sebeok, Thomas A., and Jean Umiker-Sebeok 1983 " 'You Know My Method': A Juxtaposition of Charles S. Peirce and Sherlock Holmes," in Eco and Sebeok 1983: 11-54.
Symons, Julian 1972 Mortal Consequences. A History: From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel(New York: Schocken). 1987  Bland Beginning (New York: Carroll and Graf).
Todorov, Tzvetan 1977  The Poetics of Prose, translated by Richard Howard (Ithaca: Cornell University Press).
Truzzi, Marcello 1983  "Sherlock Holmes: Applied Social Psychologist," in Eco and Sebeok 1983: 55-80.
Van Dine, S. S. 1946  "Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories," in Haycraft 1946: 189-93.
Wilbur, Richard 1962 "Edgar Allan Poe," in Major Writers of America, edited by Perry Miller, 1:369-82 (NewYork: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich).
Winks, Robin W., ed. 1980 Detective Fiction: A Collection of Critical Essays(Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall).
Zangwill, Israel 1986  The Big Bow Mystery (New York: Carroll and Graf).
........."Enigme de spectacle chez Conan Doyle." EtudesAnglaises 34 (1981): 448-53. [The importance of Watson as narrator.]
Pohle, Robert W., and Douglas C. Hart. Sherlock Holmes on the Screen: The Motion Picture Adventures of the World 's Most Popular Detective. South Brunswick, NJ: Barnes, 1977. [The fullest filmby-film review.]
Steinbrunner, Chris, and Norman Michaels. The Films of Sherlock Holmes. Secaucus, NJ: Citadel, 1978.