In Bed With Sherlock Holmes: Sexual Elements in Arthur Conan Doyle's Stories of the great Detective

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Dundurn, Oct 2, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 208 pages

In Bed with Sherlock Holmes provides a witty and well-researched discussion of the sexual elements in the Sherlock Holmes stories, and in Conan Doyle’s own life. An expert commentator on all things Victorian, Doyle also reflects that period’s attitudes toward sex and erotic love. This commentary will make the Sherlock Holmes stories even more interesting and intriguing since Redmond uses published and unpublished articles, books and letters, as well as quotes from speeches given at meetings, to enliven the text and give a broad out-look to this unusual assessment of Doyle’s best known stories. Each chapter opens with one of the original Sidney Paget illustrations. Bibliography. Index.

 

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Contents

Introduction
10
Sex as Well as Violence
16
Looking for Miss Rachel
26
Love Detection and Adventure
39
We Constantly Mention Aunt Clara
55
Be Very Careful When You Say It in Ink
70
Sherlock Holmes in Love
82
The Man Behind the Characters
98
A World Without Women
126
There Is Always Romance
141
Reference Notes
155
Appendix I Sherlock Holmes Reference List
180
Appendix II A Note On Sources
182
Appendix III Bibliography
184
Index
201
Copyright

The Things We Do for Love
113

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About the author (2002)

Christopher Redmond has been a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast since he read The Hounds of the Baskervilles at the age of thirteen, and watched a sunny July afternoon turn into the autumn fogs of Dartmoor. Since then, he has been not only reading Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, but writing articles about them, discussing them with friends, and joining some of the dozens of "Sherlockian" societies. In 1966, he was accepted as the youngest member of the Baker Street Irregulars, the New York-based guild of Sherlockian enthusiasts. He and his wife Kate Karlson met through their common interest in Holmes, and edit Canadian Holmes, the journal of The Bootmakers, Toronto's Holmes society.

Redmond grew up in Kingston, Ontario, where he attended Queen's University. He received his M.A. from the University of Waterloo, where he is currently director of the office of publications, editing a newspaper and magazine, and an adjunct lecturer in the English department. His poetry has been published in periodicals and in the book Between Knuckle and Palm.

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