Sherlock Holmes Handbook

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-30
  • Publisher: Dundurn Pr Ltd
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This handbook sums up a Canadian scholar's lifetime's expertise about Sherlock Holmes: the characters and themes, the publishers and readers, Victorian London and the Houdini connection, radio actors and cartoonists, the fans who cling to Holmes's reality and the professors who tease out motifs from the 56 short stories and four novels. A first edition of the Handbook appeared in 1993. This edition catches up on new films, new books (a few with a hint of the supernatural), and the coming of the Internet, which has spread Holmes's fame and Sherlockian fun even further world-wide. The intervening years have brought three multi-volume editions of the Sherlock Holmes stories, with hundreds of footnotes providing new insights and new amusement. They've also seen Holmes repeatedly on the amateur and professional stage, including a few Canadian productions. And there have been changes to everything from copyright rules to libraries, booksellers and audio recordings. The new Handbook will give the authoritative survey of Sherlock Holmes in the new century.

Author Biography

Christopher Redmond has been studying and writing about Sherlock Holmes for twenty-five years and was for many years co-editor of Canadian Holmes. He is also the author of In Bed with Sherlock Holmes and Welcome to America, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Redmond lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
The Canonp. 12
A Study in Scarletp. 12
The Sign of the Fourp. 14
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmesp. 16
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmesp. 19
The Hound of the Baskervillesp. 24
The Return of Sherlock Holmesp. 26
The Valley of Fearp. 29
His Last Bowp. 31
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmesp. 34
Characters and Adventuresp. 38
Sherlock Holmesp. 39
John H. Watsonp. 46
The Supporting Actorsp. 49
The Unpublished Casesp. 56
The Rooms at 221B Baker Streetp. 58
Holmes's Methodsp. 59
Overtones in the Storiesp. 62
Sherlock Holmes in Printp. 66
Sourcesp. 67
Manuscriptsp. 70
Publishing and Textual Transmissionp. 70
Copyrightp. 76
Editions of the Stonesp. 78
Annotated Editionsp. 81
Illustrationp. 84
Translations and Transcriptionsp. 91
Arthur Conan Doylep. 95
Life and Medical Careerp. 97
Literary Workp. 102
General Interestsp. 115
Spiritualist Interestsp. 126
Posterityp. 130
Biographical Writingsp. 133
The Victorian Backgroundp. 139
Londonp. 142
Public Affairsp. 150
Money and Social Classp. 154
Daily Lifep. 162
Higher Pursuitsp. 167
The Empire and the Worldp. 172
Who's Whop. 180
Crime and Punishmentp. 188
British Lawp. 189
Policing and Detectionp. 190
Detective Storiesp. 198
Holmes in Modern Mediap. 210
Pastiches and Parodiesp. 211
Theatrep. 221
Radiop. 228
Filmp. 232
Televisionp. 242
Other Mediap. 250
Fans and Followersp. 257
The Baker Street Irregularsp. 257
Sherlockian Lifep. 268
Overseasp. 277
The Printed Wordp. 285
The Internetp. 295
A Lasting Influencep. 298
Memorialsp. 299
The Common Imagep. 304
Academic Scholarshipp. 310
The Appeal of Sherlock Holmesp. 315
Appendix: The Sixty Talesp. 322
Indexp. 324
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