A Brief History of Sherlock Holmes

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Robinson, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 280 pages
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This book tells the story behind the greatest detective in history. Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, Sherlock Holmes appears in four novels and fifty-six short stories. Although Holmes was not the first literary detective, he continues to have a perennial allure as the ultimate sleuth. As Holmes is being re-introduced to a new audience through TV and film, Cawthorne introduces readers to Holmes. He gives a full biography of the author as well as his creation, including his resurrection following his unlikely death at the hands of arch-enemy, Moriarty. Cawthorne also surveys the world of Holmes, looking at Victorian crime, the real characters behind Dr. Watson and Inspector Lestrade, as well as the world on the doorstep of 221b Baker Street. This is essential reading for old and new fans alike. - Back cover.

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About the author (2011)

Nigel Cawthorne has published more than 50 books including A Brief History of Robin Hood and co-authored Jack the Ripper's Secret Confession. He has written extensively on true crime and his writings have been featured in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, and The New York Times. Cawthorne is an avid and self-proclaimed Holmes obsessive. He lives in Bloomsbury, UK.


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