Conan Doyle, although desirous of turning to fields other than detective fiction, was once again persuaded to continue the tales of Sherlock Holmes with another series of twelve stories which began to appear in December of 1892, and were then collected as The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Although twelve stories appeared in The Strand Magazine and in the American first edition, only eleven are included in the first English edition. "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" was suppressed. The volume concludes with 'The Final Problem," and the apparent death of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls.
This edition, the first American edition, contains the only book publication of "The Cardboard Box" available for almost a quarter of a century. According to A. B. Maurice, in an article in Collier's, "Sherlock Holmes and His Creator," the author decided not to include the story in the collection "on the ground that it involved an illicit love affair." When the American publisher learned of the author's wishes, it was removed from subsequent editions.
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