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Sherlock Holmes Handbook

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by Christopher Redmond

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Overview

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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Publishers Weekly - Library Journal
Canadian author Redmond's unquestioned standing as a Sherlock Holmes expert, manifested in books such as In Bed with Sherlock Holmes and Welcome to America, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, is not displayed to best advantage in this updated edition of his guide to the Great Detective. He simply doesn't meet his goal of writing a comprehensive companion to the original stories and the cultural world that has grown up around them that will satisfy both neophytes and cognoscenti. Instead, both kinds of readers are likely to be disappointed. Only 25 pages are spent summarizing the Canon, in some cases spoiling the plots, but 40 are devoted to "Fans and Followers," a history of organized devotees of Holmes and Watson. Despite the author's pride in avoiding errors in the first edition, this one is not free of them, including the assertion that a "Merivale" was one of the Scotland Yarders pitted against Holmes by Doyle to the claim that actor Jeremy Brett authored the play he appeared in, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes. Those in search of a one-volume guide might want to wait for Sherlock Holmes for Dummies.
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The District Messenger
"The new edition...is the finest overview of the world of Holmes and the Holmesian that we're ever likely to see."

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"...an essential item for any serious Sherlockian. The ordinary Holmes fan may not be interested in the intricacies of the plots of each story, but the chapter on Fans and Followers is wonderful reading for just how the Sherlockian societies (there are hundreds) began and the rules they set. There is a section dealing with serious academic studies of Holmes, as well as Conan Doyle, and plenty useful information and fun trivia on the Victorian setting. Redmond, as befits a serious Sherlockian, puts this all down in fine scholarly style."

The Globe & Mail
"...an essential item for any serious Sherlockian. The ordinary Holmes fan may not be interested in the intricacies of the plots of each story, but the chapter on Fans and Followers is wonderful reading for just how the Sherlockian societies (there are hundreds) began and the rules they set. There is a section dealing with serious academic studies of Holmes, as well as Conan Doyle, and plenty useful information and fun trivia on the Victorian setting. Redmond, as befits a serious Sherlockian, puts this all down in fine scholarly style."

-The Sunday Daily News
A fresh infusion of Sherlockian treasure. This book does offer everything you ever wanted to know about the haughty sleuth

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554884469
Publisher:
Dundurn Press
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,064,084
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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"The new edition...is the finest overview of the world of Holmes and the Holmesian that we're ever likely to see."

Meet the Author

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 the author of In Bed with Sherlock Holmes and Welcome to America, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Redmond lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

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Sherlock Holmes Handbook 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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this is a great book for all sherlock holmes fans to learn more about holmes this book is great for all the stuff you want to know about holmes this book is great