Sherlock Holmes Handbook

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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 and books (a few with a ...

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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 and 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 farther worldwide. The intervening years have brought three multi-volume editions of the Sherlock Holmes stories, with hundreds of footnotes providing new insights and amusement. They have also seen Holmes appear repeatedly on the amateur and professional stages, including a few Canadian productions. And there have been changes to everything from copyright rules and libraries to booksellers and audio recordings.

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Editorial Reviews

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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"...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 District Messenger
"The new edition...is the finest overview of the world of Holmes and the Holmesian that we're ever likely to see."
-The Sunday Daily News
A fresh infusion of Sherlockian treasure. This book does offer everything you ever wanted to know about the haughty sleuth
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554884469
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 922,720
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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 also the author of In Bed With Sherlock Holmes and Welcome to America, Mr. Sherlock Holmes.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9

I The Canon 12

A Study in Scarlet 12

The Sign of the Four 14

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 16

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes 19

The Hound of the Baskervilles 24

The Return of Sherlock Holmes 26

The Valley of Fear 29

His Last Bow 31

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes 34

II Characters and Adventures 38

Sherlock Holmes 39

John H. Watson 46

The Supporting Actors 49

The Unpublished Cases 56

The Rooms at 221B Baker Street 58

Holmes's Methods 59

Overtones in the Stories 62

III Sherlock Holmes in Print 66

Sources 67

Manuscripts 70

Publishing and Textual Transmission 70

Copyright 76

Editions of the Stones 78

Annotated Editions 81

Illustration 84

Translations and Transcriptions 91

IV Arthur Conan Doyle 95

Life and Medical Career 97

Literary Work 102

General Interests 115

Spiritualist Interests 126

Posterity 130

Biographical Writings 133

V The Victorian Background 139

London 142

Public Affairs 150

Money and Social Class 154

Daily Life 162

Higher Pursuits 167

The Empire and the World 172

Who's Who 180

VI Crime and Punishment 188

British Law 189

Policing and Detection 190

Detective Stories 198

VII Holmes in Modern Media 210

Pastiches and Parodies 211

Theatre 221

Radio 228

Film 232

Television 242

Other Media 250

VIII Fans and Followers 257

The Baker Street Irregulars 257

Sherlockian Life 268

Overseas 277

The Printed Word 285

The Internet 295

IX A Lasting Influence 298

Memorials 299

The Common Image 304

Academic Scholarship 310

The Appeal of Sherlock Holmes 315

Appendix: The Sixty Tales 322

Index 324

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2000

    a great book for holmes fans

    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

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