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Sherlock Holmes: Victorian Sleuth to Modern Hero
     

Sherlock Holmes: Victorian Sleuth to Modern Hero

by Charles R. Putney (Editor), Joseph A. Cutshall King (Editor), Sally Sugarman (Editor)
 

As a hero of popular culture and an established literary figure, Sherlock Holmes has become the benchmark by which new detectives and mysteries are judged. The essays in Sherlock Holmes: Victorian Sleuth to Modern Hero offer insights on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's treatment of urbanization, the advent of the information age, and the work ethic; they also

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As a hero of popular culture and an established literary figure, Sherlock Holmes has become the benchmark by which new detectives and mysteries are judged. The essays in Sherlock Holmes: Victorian Sleuth to Modern Hero offer insights on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's treatment of urbanization, the advent of the information age, and the work ethic; they also illuminate how later literature compares with the original Sherlock Holmes books thematically and stylistically. From the original model for Sherlock Holmes to the character's portrayal on film, from analysis of the role of masculine power in the texts to analysis of the female rivals of Holmes, this book traces the ever-increasing variety of perspectives on Holmes and the way the original character has been adapted and re-envisioned.

Editorial Reviews

Sherlock Holmes Gazette
...excellent collection of essays...each...worth an individual mention...demonstrate how exciting the academic approach to the Holmes stories from various disciplines...can be...I recommend it to anyone seeking a fresh approach to their favourite detective.
The District Messenger: Newsletter Of The Sherlock Holmes Society
...the contents are wonderfully varied and readable. It's a delightful, stimulating collection, and I recommend it to all who are interested in Sherlock Holmes.
Canadian Holmes
A fine and essential volume for literary scholars of Holmes.
Monthly Newsletter For Sherlockians
...a thoroughly welcome collection, and editors have done an excellent job of offering 24 of the papers from the conference....
The District Messenger: Newsletter Of The Sherlock Holmes S
...the contents are wonderfully varied and readable. It's a delightful, stimulating collection, and I recommend it to all who are interested in Sherlock Holmes.
Booknews
One can confidently argue that Arthur Conan Doyle is the father of the detective novel industry and his famous character, Sherlock Holmes, still unsurpassed as the most interesting sleuth to solve a mystery. In 24 critical essays, modern scholars and mystery devotees reflect on the phenomena that is Sherlock Holmes, surveying film adaptions, and themes as varied as Holmes as a model of the modern information age, the work ethic of the detective, his urbanization, the detective's mythic qualities and psychology, as well as presenting innovative comparisons between the character and his successors in Data of "Star Trek: The Next Generation", Sam Spade, and George Smiley. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810831803
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/10/1996
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 8.82(h) x 1.21(d)

Meet the Author

Charles R. Putney (BA, Drew University, MA, University of Delaware) is an independent consultant in grant writing and a member of the "Baker Street Breakfast Club," a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars. Sally Sugarman, a professor at Bennington College in Vermont, and Joseph A. Cutshall King are also members of the society.

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