The Four Holmes Novels
Crowe provides an analysis centered on the idea of a Gestalt shift of the Sherlock Holmes stories that appeared in the four Holmes novels: A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Valley of Fear. Crowe concludes that this Gestalt shift approach works very well for all but the third of these books. The Hound of the Baskervilles is especially important because in it Holmes solves the case based on an examination of a portrait of Hugo Baskerville, which examination may be one of the first detailed accounts of what is now known as a Gestalt shift.
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