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Sherlock Slept Here: Being a Brief History of the Singular Adventures of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in America, with Some Observations Upon the Exploits of Mr. Sherlock Holmes
     

Sherlock Slept Here: Being a Brief History of the Singular Adventures of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in America, with Some Observations Upon the Exploits of Mr. Sherlock Holmes

by Howard Lachtman, Judy Sutcliffe (Illustrator)
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sherlock's creator Arthur Conan Doyle told an American audience that, while he was still a desk-bound medical practitioner, ``most of all I longed to travel to the United States.'' He eventually made four lecture tours of America, where he met Houdini and Herbert Hoover, was charmed by Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, and visited Kipling at his Vermont farm. Conan Doyle became an ardent baseball fan, resented ``being forced into virtue'' by Prohibition, and even named his famous detective after his Bostonian literary idol Oliver Wendell Holmes. Lachtman, a reviewer of mystery fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle, succeeds in establishing the American connection for Conan Doyle in both his travels and his written works. Instead of developing his research, however, Lachtman pads his skeletal facts with repetitious lecture and press conference scenes, thumbnail plot summaries which belie the involving density of the original stories, and even an entire tale (``The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor'')tacked on to the end. Despite its promising premise, all but the most devout Sherlockians may want to skip this one. November
Library Journal - Library Journal
This latest work on Sherlock's creator highlights the fact that Conan Doyle's link with America went beyond the fas cination with the country and the peo ple that was evident in many of his writ ings. For instance, Sherlock was named for Oliver Wendell Holmes, and owed his continued existence partly to the enthusiastic American reception of the Baker Street stories. In addition, Conan Doyle visited the United States four times; his lecture tours, regardless of topic (literary, personal reminis cences, or spiritualism), generally drew capacity crowds and favorable press re views. This informal biography has an unusual focus. However, the absence of a bibliography detracts from its use fulness, and the Casebook commentary seems extraneous. Of limited appeal. V. Louise Saylor, Eastern Washington Univ. Lib., Cheney

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780884962274
Publisher:
Capra Press
Publication date:
11/01/1985
Pages:
176

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