Three Problems for Solar Pons

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Three Problems for Solar Pons

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Dust-jacket by Ronald Clyne.
Author August Derleth
Cover artist Ronald Clyne
Country United States
Language English
Series Solar Pons
Genre Detective fiction
Publisher Mycroft & Moran
Publication date
1952
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages vii, 112

Three Problems for Solar Pons is a collection of detective fiction short stories by American writer August Derleth. It was released in 1952 by Mycroft & Moran in an edition of 996 copies. It was the third collection of Derleth's Solar Pons stories which are pastiches of the Sherlock Holmes tales of Arthur Conan Doyle. The book was intended as an interim collection and all the stories are reprinted in The Return of Solar Pons . Because of the low print run, it is the scarcest Mycroft & Moran book.

Detective fiction is a subgenre of crime fiction and mystery fiction in which an investigator or a detective—either professional, amateur or retired—investigates a crime, often murder. The detective genre began around the same time as speculative fiction and other genre fiction in the mid-nineteenth century and has remained extremely popular, particularly in novels. Some of the most famous heroes of detective fiction include C. Auguste Dupin, Sherlock Holmes, and Hercule Poirot. Juvenile stories featuring The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and The Boxcar Children have also remained in print for several decades.

August Derleth American novelist, short story writer, poet, editor, and anthologist

August William Derleth was an American writer and anthologist. Though best remembered as the first book publisher of the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, and for his own contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos and the Cosmic Horror genre, as well as his founding of the publisher Arkham House, Derleth was a leading American regional writer of his day, as well as prolific in several other genres, including historical fiction, poetry, detective fiction, science fiction, and biography.

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1952.

Contents

Three Problems for Solar Pons contains the following tales:

  1. "A Note for the Aficionado"
  2. "The Adventure of the Rydberg Numbers"
  3. "The Adventure of the Remarkable Worm"
  4. "The Adventure of the Camberwell Beauty"

Sources

Sheldon Jaffery was an American bibliographer. An attorney by profession, he was an aficionado of Weird Tales magazine, Arkham House books, the weird menace pulps, and related topics.

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Arkham House is an American publishing house specializing in weird fiction. It was founded in Sauk City, Wisconsin in 1939 by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei to preserve in hardcover the best fiction of H. P. Lovecraft. The company's name is derived from Lovecraft's fictional New England city, Arkham. Arkham House editions are noted for the quality of their printing and binding. The colophon for Arkham House was designed by Frank Utpatel.

Solar Pons is a fictional detective created by August Derleth as a pastiche of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.

Basil Frederick Albert Copper was an English writer and former journalist and newspaper editor. He became a full-time writer in 1970. In addition to horror and detective fiction, Copper was perhaps best known for his series of Solar Pons stories continuing the character created as a tribute to Sherlock Holmes by August Derleth.

<i>The Solar Pons Omnibus</i> book by August Derleth

The Solar Pons Omnibus is a collection of detective fiction stories by author August Derleth. It was released in 1982 by Arkham House in an edition of 3,031 copies. The collection was published in two volumes with a slipcase. The set collects all of the Solar Pons stories of August Derleth. The stories are pastiches of the Sherlock Holmes tales of Arthur Conan Doyle. The collection was edited by Basil Copper. The stories are arranged by their internal chronology, rather than by the date of their release. The stories had earlier appeared under the Arkham House imprint of Mycroft & Moran.

Mycroft & Moran

Mycroft & Moran was an imprint of Arkham House publishers and was created in Sauk City, Wisconsin in 1945. The imprint was created to publish weird detective stories and the Solar Pons stories by August Derleth. Arkham retired the imprint in 1982, but has recently allowed it to be revived by another small press publisher.

<i>In Re: Sherlock Holmes</i> book by August Derleth

"In Re: Sherlock Holmes"—The Adventures of Solar Pons is a collection of detective fiction short stories by American writer August Derleth. It was released in 1945 by Mycroft & Moran in an edition of 3,604 copies. It was the first book issued under the Mycroft & Moran imprint. The book is the first collection of Derleth's Solar Pons stories. The stories are pastiches of the Sherlock Holmes tales of Arthur Conan Doyle.

<i>Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder</i> short story collection by William Hope Hodgson

Carnacki the Ghost-Finder is a collection of occult detective short stories by English writer William Hope Hodgson. It was first published in 1913 by the English publisher Eveleigh Nash. In 1947, a new edition of 3,050 copies was published by Mycroft & Moran and included three additional stories. The Mycroft & Moran version is listed as No. 53 in Queen's Quorum: A History of the Detective-Crime Short Story As Revealed by the 100 Most Important Books Published in this Field Since 1845 by Ellery Queen. All editions subsequent to the Mycroft and Moran edition print all nine stories.

<i>The Memoirs of Solar Pons</i> book by August Derleth

The Memoirs of Solar Pons is a collection of detective fiction short stories by American writer August Derleth. It was released in 1951 by Mycroft & Moran in an edition of 2,038 copies. It was the second collection of Derleth's Solar Pons stories which are pastiches of the Sherlock Holmes tales of Arthur Conan Doyle.

<i>The Return of Solar Pons</i> book by August Derleth

The Return of Solar Pons is a collection of detective fiction short stories by American writer August Derleth. It was released in 1958 by Mycroft & Moran in an edition of 2,079 copies. It was the fourth collection of Derleth's Solar Pons stories which are pastiches of the Sherlock Holmes tales of Arthur Conan Doyle.

<i>The Reminiscences of Solar Pons</i> book by August Derleth

The Reminiscences of Solar Pons is a collection of detective fiction short stories by author August Derleth. It was released in 1961 by Mycroft & Moran in an edition of 2,052 copies. It was the fifth collection of Derleth's Solar Pons stories which are pastiches of the Sherlock Holmes tales of Arthur Conan Doyle.

<i>The Casebook of Solar Pons</i> book by August Derleth

The Casebook of Solar Pons is a collection of detective fiction short stories by American writer August Derleth. It was released in 1965 by Mycroft & Moran in an edition of 3,020 copies. It was the sixth collection of Derleth's Solar Pons stories which are pastiches of the Sherlock Holmes tales of Arthur Conan Doyle.

<i>A Praed Street Dossier</i> book by August Derleth

A Praed Street Dossier is a collection of detective fiction short stories, essays and marginalia by author August Derleth. It was released in 1968 by Mycroft & Moran in an edition of 2,904 copies. It was an associational collection to Derleth's Solar Pons series of pastiches of the Sherlock Holmes tales of Arthur Conan Doyle. The two science fiction stories, "The Adventure of the Snitch in Time" and "The Adventure of the Ball of Nostradamus", written with Mack Reynolds, were originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

<i>Wisconsin Murders</i> book by August Derleth

Wisconsin Murders is a collection of true crime accounts written by author August Derleth. It was released in 1968 by Mycroft & Moran in an edition of 1,958 copies. The stories detail sixteen cases of sudden death in Wisconsin for 1842 to 1926. Three of the accounts had appeared previously in American Weekly and Saint Mystery Magazine.

<i>The Adventure of the Unique Dickensians</i> book by August Derleth

"The Adventure of the Unique Dickensians" is a detective fiction short story by American writer August Derleth. It was released in 1968 by Mycroft & Moran in an edition of 2,012 copies. The chapbook is illustrated by Frank Utpatel. The story is part of Derleth's Solar Pons series of pastiches of the Sherlock Holmes tales of Arthur Conan Doyle. It is a Christmas story about Ebenezer Snawley, an eccentric collector of Dickensiana who dresses in 19th-century clothing and is harassed by a man who bawls street cries near his dwelling. The story was eventually collected in The Chronicles of Solar Pons.

<i>Mr. Fairlies Final Journey</i> book by August Derleth

Mr. Fairlie's Final Journey is a detective fiction novel by American writer August Derleth. It was released in 1968 by Mycroft & Moran in an edition of 3,493 copies. The novel is part of Derleth's Solar Pons stories which are pastiches of the Sherlock Holmes tales of Arthur Conan Doyle. It was the eighth Solar Pons book published by Mycroft & Moran.

<i>The Chronicles of Solar Pons</i> book by August Derleth

The Chronicles of Solar Pons is a collection of detective fiction short stories by author August Derleth. It is the sixth volume in the series of Derleth's Solar Pons short stories, and was released in 1973 by Mycroft & Moran in an edition of 4,176 copies.

<i>The Final Adventures of Solar Pons</i> book by August Derleth

The Final Adventures of Solar Pons is a collection of detective science fiction short stories by author August Derleth. It was released in 1998 by Mycroft & Moran. It was a collection of Derleth's Solar Pons stories which are pastiches of the Sherlock Holmes tales of Arthur Conan Doyle.

<i>In Lovecrafts Shadow</i> book by August Derleth

In Lovecraft's Shadow: The Cthulhu Mythos Stories of August Derleth is a collection of fantasy and horror short stories by American writer August Derleth. It was released in 1998 by Mycroft & Moran in an edition of 2,051 copies.

<i>The Original Text Solar Pons Omnibus Edition</i> book by August Derleth

The Original Text Solar Pons Omnibus Edition is a collection of detective fiction stories by author August Derleth. It was released in 2000 by Mycroft & Moran and was published in two volumes. The set collects all of the Solar Pons stories of August Derleth. The stories are pastiches of the Sherlock Holmes tales of Arthur Conan Doyle. The collection restores the text to its original state removing the edits done by Basil Copper for The Solar Pons Omnibus (1982). The stories are also ordered by their date of publication rather than by their internal chronology as was done for the earlier omnibus edition.