Sherlock Holmes Handbook

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Dundurn, 2009 - Reference - 336 pages
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Sherlock Holmes Handbook sums up a Canadian scholar's lifetime 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 fifty-six short stories and four novels.

The first edition of Sherlock Holmes Handbook appeared in 1993. This edition catches up on new films, new books (a few with a hint of the supernatural) and the advent of the Internet, which has spread Holmes's fame and Sherlockian fun even further worldwide. 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 have also seen Holmes repeatedly on the amateur and professional stages, including a few Canadian productions. And there have been changes to everything from copyright rules to libraries, booksellers and audio recordings.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
9
II CHARACTERS AND ADVENTURES
37
III SHERLOCK HOLMES IN PRINT
65
IV ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
95
V THE VICTORIAN BACKGROUND
139
VI CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
185
VII HOLMES IN MODERN MEDIA
209
VIII FANS AND FOLLOWERS
257
IX A LASTING INFLUENCE
297
APPENDIX THE SIXTY TALES
321
Back Cover
337
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Christopher Redmond grew up in Kingston, Ontario, graduating from Queen's University. He received his MA from the University of Waterloo, where he is currently director of the office of publications, editing a newspaper and magazine, and adjunct lecturer in the English department. Redmond is the author of In Bed with Sherlock Holmes, published by Simon & Pierre in 1984, and co-editor with his wife Kate Karlson Redmond of Canadian Holmes, the journal of The Bootmakers of Toronto, Canada's Sherlock Holmes society. Redmond is a member of several Sherlockian societies, including the Baker Street Irregulars of New York.

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