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  • The hound of the Baskervilles

    Arthur Conan Doyle

    • Maxtor
    • 27 Avril 2016

    «Of the origin of the Hound of the Baskervilles there have been many statements, yet as I come in a direct line from Hugo Baskerville, and as I had the story from my father, who also had it from his, I have set it down with all belief that it occurred even as is here set forth...» The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the 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. This was the first appearance of Holmes since his intended death in "The Final Problem", and the success of The Hound of the Baskervilles led to the character's eventual revival.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote this story shortly after returning to his home Undershaw from South Africa, where he had worked as a volunteer physician at the Langman Field Hospital in Bloemfontein at the time of the Second Boer War.

  • The Valley of Fear

    Arthur Conan Doyle

    • Maxtor
    • 27 Avril 2016

    «I should do so,» Sherlock Holmes remarked impatiently.
    I believe that I am one of the most long-suffering of mortals; but I'll admit that I was annoyed at the sardonic interruption...» The Valley of Fear is the fourth and final Sherlock Holmes novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is loosely based on the Molly Maguires and Pinkerton agent James McParland. The story was first published in the Strand Magazine between September 1914 and May 1915.
    At the outset of the novel, Sherlock Holmes receives a mysterious cipher message from a man who writes under the pseudonym Fred Porlock, an agent to Professor Moriarty. Porlock occasionally sends Holmes insider information. Moriarty is blameless in the eyes of the law, but Holmes knows him to be "the controlling brain of the underworld." Together Holmes and Watson decipher Porlock's message which relates that a man named John Douglas, residing at Birlstone, is in danger.

  • The sign of the four

    Arthur Conan Doyle

    • Maxtor
    • 27 Avril 2016

    «Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantelpiece, and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle and rolled back his left shirtcuff...» The Sign of the Four (1890), also called The Sign of Four, is the second novel featuring Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle wrote four novels and 56 stories starring the fictional detective.
    The story is set in 1888. The Sign of Four has a complex plot involving service in East India Company, India, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, a stolen treasure, and a secret pact among four convicts ("the Four" of the title) and two corrupt prison guards. It presents the detective's drug habit and humanizes him in a way that had not been done in the preceding novel, A Study in Scarlet (1887). It also introduces Doctor Watson's future wife, Mary Morstan.
    As with the first story, A Study in Scarlet, produced two years previously, The Sign of Four was not particularly successful to start with.

  • El contrato social

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    • Maxtor
    • 20 Septembre 2017

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau nació en Ginebra, Suiza, en 1712.
    El contrato social, la obra cumbre de Rousseau, fue publicada en 1762. En ella promulga que el hombre solo puede vivir en libertad en una sociedad verdaderamente igualitaria. Y para que así sea propone un contrato social que estipule la entrega total de cada asociado a la comunidad, a través de la enajenación de todas las voluntades, de forma que cada uno recupere finalmente todo lo que ha cedido a la comunidad. Así, este contrato será, pues, expresión de la voluntad general, y de esa voluntad general emana la única y legítima autoridad del Estado.
    Las teorías contenidas en esta obra influyeron sobre numerosos pensadores (como Kant y Fichte) y sobre la propia Revolución francesa de 1789, que adoptó el lema de inspiración rousseauniana: «Igualdad, Libertad, Fraternidad».

  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes

    Arthur Conan Doyle

    • Maxtor
    • 27 Avril 2016

    «It was in the spring of the year 1894 that all London was interested, and the fashionable world dismayed, by the murder of the Honourable Ronald Adair under most unusual and inexplicable circumstances...» The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories, originally published in 1903-1904, by Arthur Conan Doyle. The stories were published in the Strand Magazine in Great Britain, and Collier's in the United States.
    The book was first published in February 1905 and was the first Holmes collection since 1893, when Holmes had "died" in "The Final Problem". Having published The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1901-1902 (setting it before Holmes' death) Doyle came under intense pressure to revive his famous character.
    The first story is set in 1894 and has Holmes returning in London and explaining the period from 1891-94, a period called "The Great Hiatus" by Sherlockian enthusiasts. Also of note is Watson's statement in the last story of the cycle that Holmes has retired, and forbids him to publish any more stories.

  • English fairy tales

    Flora Annie Steel

    • Maxtor
    • 27 Avril 2016

    «Once upon a time there were three Bears, who lived together in a house of their own, in a wood. One of them was a Little Wee Bear, and one was a Middle-sized Bear, and the other was a Great Big Bear...» Flora Annie Steel was interested in relating to all classes of Indian society. The birth of her daughter gave her a chance to interact with local women and learn their language. She encouraged the production of local handicrafts and collected folk-tales, a collection of which she published in 1894.
    Her interest in schools and the education of women gave her a special insight into native life and character. A year before leaving India, she coauthored and published The Complete Indian Housekeeper, giving detailed directions to European women on all aspects of household management in India.
    This book contains over fourty of the best-loved fairy stories, retold by Flora Annie Steel.

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