The Canon: Short Introduction

He shook his head sadly. “I glanced over it,” said he. “Honestly, I cannot congratulate you upon it.” (The Sign of Four)

The Canon

The Sherlock Holmes Canon consists of four long stories and fifty-six short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The website Sherlockian.net says that alongside these sixty stories, the “complete” Canon generally includes the two prefaces by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Subsequent stories AKA pastiche by other authors cannot be included in the Canon. 

 

The Long Stories

The four long stories (AKA novels or novellas) are A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear. To read the long stories, click >here.

 

The Short Stories

Following their original publication in The Strand Magazine (UK), the short stories were compiled into five book collections: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, His Last Bow and The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes. To read the short stories, click >here.

 

List of stories 

The list below shows the titles in full of the all sixty stories in the Canon along with dates of first publication in the UK.

The prefix ‘The Adventure of’ is often omitted when referring to many of the stories in the Canon, usually for the sake of convenience or sometimes simply to save space. Prefixes are included in the list shown below.

With two notable exceptions (A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four), all the stories were first published in the UK in The Strand Magazine.

To the right of each title you will find its equivalent abbreviation. These four letter/number keys AKA codes were devised by US Sherlockian Jay Finley Christ.

For further information on first publication dates and sources in both the UK and the USA, click on this link.

For other countries, you will need to look beyond the confines of this website.

 

A Study in Scarlet STUD 

Beeton’s Christmas Annual November 1887

 

The Sign of Four SIGN  

Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine February 1890

 

A Scandal in Bohemia SCAN

The Strand Magazine July 1891

 

The Red-Headed League REDH

The Strand Magazine August 1891

 

A Case of Identity IDEN

The Strand Magazine September 1891

 

The Boscombe Valley Mystery BOSC

The Strand Magazine October 1891

 

The Five Orange Pips  FIVE

The Strand Magazine November 1891

 

The Man with the Twisted Lip TWIS

The Strand Magazine December 1891

 

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle BLUE

The Strand Magazine January 1892

 

The Adventure of the Speckled Band SPEC

The Strand Magazine February 1892

 

The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb ENGR

The Strand Magazine March 1892

 

The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor NOBL

The Strand Magazine April 1892

 

The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet BERY

The Strand Magazine May 1892

 

The Adventure of the Copper Beeches COPP

The Strand Magazine June 1892

 

Silver Blaze SILV

The Strand Magazine December 1892

 

The Adventure of the Cardboard Box CARD

The Strand Magazine January 1893

 

The Yellow Face YELL 

The Strand Magazine February 1893

 

The Stock-broker’s Clerk STOC

The Strand Magazine March 1893

 

The “Gloria Scott” GLOR

The Strand Magazine April 1893

 

The Musgrave Ritual MUSG

The Strand Magazine May 1893

 

The Reigate Puzzle REIG

The Strand Magazine June 1893

 

The Crooked Man CROO

The Strand Magazine July 1893

 

The Resident Patient RESI

The Strand Magazine August 1893

 

The Greek Interpreter GREE

The Strand Magazine September 1893

 

The Naval Treaty NAVA

The Strand Magazine October – November 1893

 

The Final Problem FINA

The Strand Magazine December 1893

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles HOUN

The Strand Magazine August 1891 – April 1902

 

The Adventure of the Empty House EMPT

The Strand Magazine October 1903

 

The Adventure of the Norwood Builder NORW

The Strand Magazine November 1903

 

The Adventure of the Dancing Men DANC

The Strand Magazine December 1903

 

The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist SOLI

The Strand Magazine January 1904

 

The Adventure of the Priory School PRIO

The Strand Magazine February 1904

 

The Adventure of Black Peter BLAC

The Strand Magazine March 1904

 

The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton CHAS

The Strand Magazine April 1904

 

The Adventure of the Six Napoleons SIXN

The Strand Magazine May 1904

 

The Adventure of the Three Students 3STU

The Strand Magazine June 1904

 

The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez GOLD

The Strand Magazine July 1904

 

The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter MISS

The Strand Magazine August 1904

 

The Adventure of the Abbey Grange ABBE

The Strand Magazine September 1904

 

The Adventure of the Second Stain SECO

The Strand Magazine December 1904

 

The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge WIST

The Strand Magazine September – October 1908

 

The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans BRUC

The Strand Magazine December 1908

 

The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot DEVI

The Strand Magazine December 1910

 

The Adventure of the Red Circle REDC

The Strand Magazine March – April 1911

 

The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax LADY

The Strand Magazine December 1911

 

The Adventure of the Dying Detective DYIN

The Strand Magazine December 1913

 

The Valley of Fear VALL

The Strand Magazine September 1914 – May 1915

 

His Last Bow LAST

The Strand Magazine September 1917

 

The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone MAZA

The Strand Magazine October 1921

 

The Problem of Thor Bridge THOR

The Strand Magazine February – March 1922

 

The Adventure of the Creeping Man CREE

The Strand Magazine March 1923

 

The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire SUSS

The Strand Magazine January 1924

 

The Adventure of the Three Garridebs 3GAR

The Strand Magazine January 1925

 

The Adventure of the Illustrious Client ILLU

The Strand Magazine February – March 1925

 

The Adventure of the the Three Gables 3GAB

The Strand Magazine October 1926

 

The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier BLAN

The Strand Magazine November 1926

 

The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane LION

The Strand Magazine December 1926

 

The Adventure of the Retired Colourman RETI

The Strand Magazine January 1927

 

The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger VEIL

The Strand Magazine February 1927

 

The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place SHOS

The Strand Magazine April 1927