The Standard Doyle Company: Christopher Morley on Sherlock Holmes

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Fordham Univ Press, 1990 - Literary Collections - 429 pages
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The cult of Sherlock Holmes and its organizational centerpiece, The Baker Street Irregulars, were products of the fertile mind of Christopher Morley (1890-1957), one of the most versatile and prolific writers of the first half of the twentieth century. Novelist, essayist, columnist,Book-of-the-Month Club judge, poet, panelist, and promoter, Morley was an avid exponent of the literature he loved. Few writers were closer to his heart than Arthur Conan Doyle, whose tales of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were still being penned during Morley's boyhood. This collection is a virtual anthology of Morley's many styles. In addition to old favorites like "In Memoriam Sherlock Holmes," the preface to the Doubleday edition of The Complete Sherlock Holmes published in 1930 and probably the most widely read Sherlockian essay of them all, here are previouslyunpublished or never-before-collected essays, poems, short stories, and even a play. Excerpts from the fifteen years of Morley's columns in the Saturday Review of Literature and a decade of his "Clinical Notes by a Resident Patient" in the Baker Street Journal (currently published by FordhamUniversity Press) cover ever aspect of Holmes's world - from dressing gowns to Turkish baths, from beekeeping to the "B" in 221B Baker Street. As Morley put it in his little-known reader for high-school students, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, A Textbook of Friendship, "The beginning reader of Sherlock Holmes concerns himself with little more than attentive enjoyment, but there is a post-graduate school as well. There is a special andsuperior pleasure in reading anything so much more carefully than its author ever did." The Standard Doyle Company - Morley's punning title for the Baker Street Irregulars - is an advanced syllabus for the lover of Sherlockian literature and lore.
 

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Contents

ESSAYS
9
Editors introduction
26
Was Sherlock Holmes an American?
37
Doctor Watsons Secret
49
Watson a la Mode
57
An American Gentleman
63
Report from Baker Street
72
Editors introduction
88
Editors introduction
198
Editors introduction
212
Cocaine Bottle
218
Te Deum Laudanum
221
Baker Street 1952
227
A Letter to David A Randall
235
Great and Little Snoring
241
CanonFodder?
247

Memorandum and Introduction to Sherlock Holmes
95
A Christmas Story without Slush
118
Introduction to The Limited Edition Clubs Case
124
A TEXTBOOK
134
A Guide to the Complete Sherlock Holmes
145
Note for Advanced Students
161
Editors introduction
264
Editors introduction
402
The Adventure of the F W L
419
Works Cited
427
Copyright

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Steven Rothman has devoted much of the past twenty-five years to reading, collecting, and writing about Christopher Morley. He is a member of many Sherlockian organizations and is investitured as "The Valley of Fear" in the Baker Street Irregulars. Rothman, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, lives in Philadelphia, where he is working on a biography of Morley.

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