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The Hound of the Baskervilles: Introduction
The Hound of the Baskervilles: Plot Summary
The Hound of the Baskervilles: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Hound of the Baskervilles: Themes
The Hound of the Baskervilles: Quotes
The Hound of the Baskervilles: Characters
The Hound of the Baskervilles: Symbols
The Hound of the Baskervilles: Literary Devices
The Hound of the Baskervilles: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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- Full Title: The Hound of the Baskervilles
- When Written: 1901-1902
- Where Written: Surrey County, England
- When Published: 1901-1902
- Literary Period: Late Victorian/Edwardian
- Genre: Detective fiction, crime fiction, serial fiction, novella
- Setting: London, England, and Devonshire County, England
- Climax: Sherlock Holmes uncovers Jack Stapleton’s plot to kill Sir Henry Baskerville and shoots Stapleton’s monstrous hound dead just seconds before it can accomplish the murder.
- Antagonist: Jack Stapleton
- Point of View: First Person
Extra Credit for The Hound of the Baskervilles
Holmes is Dead. Long Live Holmes! Doyle killed Sherlock Holmes off in the 1893 short story “The Final Problem.” When the public revolted against this, Doyle brought Holmes back with The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1901-1902. However, it wasn’t until his 1903 short story, “The Adventure of the Empty House,” that Doyle explained how Holmes was still alive. Therefore, avid readers of Holmes stories would have read The Hound of the Baskervilles not having any idea whatsoever how Holmes was in it!
One Big Puppy. Watson describes Stapleton’s gigantic hound as a mixture of bloodhound and mastiff. Male bloodhounds can grow to 110 pounds, while male English mastiffs can tip the scales at a jaw-dropping 230 pounds, while standing nearly three feet tall at the shoulders. The mastiff was a common working dog in the English countryside, where they were valued for their immense strength and protectiveness, so readers of Doyle’s time would have been well aware of just how large and formidable the Baskervilles’ hound was. Interestingly, the bloodhound has a quite relevant nickname: the “sleuth” hound (sleuth is another name for detective). It’s so-named because of its uncanny ability to track down its targets—an ability the dog shares with Holmes himself.