The Game Is Afoot: Parodies, Pastiches and Ponderings of Sherlock Holmes

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This long awaited volume finally brings to light several cases of the world's most renowned detective originally suppressed to avoid causing scandal and embarrassment to the Crown, to public figures, or to Sherlock Holmes himself. Now, finally, the truth is revealed about Holmes' exploits involving such figures as Ida Tarbell, Consuelo Vanderbilt, P.G. Wodehouse, and James McNeil Whistler. Related by diverse hands, including Watson, Inspector Lestrade, and Holmes himself, detailing untold incidents involving the ...
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Overview

This long awaited volume finally brings to light several cases of the world's most renowned detective originally suppressed to avoid causing scandal and embarrassment to the Crown, to public figures, or to Sherlock Holmes himself. Now, finally, the truth is revealed about Holmes' exploits involving such figures as Ida Tarbell, Consuelo Vanderbilt, P.G. Wodehouse, and James McNeil Whistler. Related by diverse hands, including Watson, Inspector Lestrade, and Holmes himself, detailing untold incidents involving the Titanic, Holmes' rematch with Irene Adler, the childhoods of both Holmes and Watson, and one unfortunate result of Holmes' facility with disguise, this cornucopia of Sherlockiana will delight fans young and not-so-young.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"If your heart belongs to Baker Street, don't miss Marvin Kaye's generous anthology."—Jon L. Breen, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

"The newcomer to Holmes as well as the established Sherlockian, will relish having the best efforts of the best writers who have taken a turn at immortalizing the detective collected in one book."--Publishers Weekly

"For the thousands of readers who can never get enough of Holmes, Watson, Mrs. Hudson, and the Baker Street Irregulars, this book promises new insights and hours of enjoyment. Spend an evening curled up by the fire, and prepare to be entertained."—Mostly Murder

"Rich with thrills and laughter, this is a true delight for all students of the Baker Street menage. Recommended."—Library Journal

"As a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and Sherlockian for three decades, I think this is the biggest and best anthology of parodies and pastiches since Ellery Queen's The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes, now a half-century old."—Otto Penzler ("The King of Bohemia")

"A masterful job...The Game is Afoot is a mother lode of Sherlockian writings."—The Armchair Detective

"A three-scoop helping of Holmesiana ranging from reprints of classic parodies to evergreen pastiches to new stories. A sumptuous feast."—Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This book by novelist/anthologist Kaye Penguin Book of Ghosts is a compilation of good-natured lampoons, clever spoofs and somewhat academic examinations of Sherlock Holmes's cases. No matter what form the considerations take, all are motivated by an obvious affection for the Great Detective. The ponderings include a reflection by Dr. Joseph Bell, who was Arthur Conan Doyle's teacher and the model for Sherlock Holmes. Also included is Kaye's lengthy ``Histrionic Holmes,'' a study of Holmes's skill and technique as an actor. Several entries are quite obscure, including ``Sherlock Holmes Umpires Baseball,'' an anonymous piece published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 1906; others, like ``Our American Cousins'' by Roberta Rogow, were penned especially for this book. The selections, loosely organized in such chapter titles as ``Pieces Problematic,'' might have been more informative if arranged chronologically to illustrate the reading public's changing image of Holmes. Nevertheless, the newcomer to Holmes, as well as the established Sherlockian, will relish having the best efforts of the best writers who have taken a turn at immortalizing the detective collected in one book. Apr.
Library Journal
The magic phrase that rouses joy in the heart of any Holmes fan is an apt title for this latest of many well-deserved paeans to the world's first consulting detective and his friend and Boswell to appear since their introduction in 1887. Although several of the 53 pieces, ranging from the sublime ``Sussex Interview'' to the ridiculous ``The Sinister Cheesecake'', might be familiar to serious Holmesians, there are also a number of original adventures commissioned fresh for this volume. Included are contributions by James M. Barrie, Bret Harte, Fritz Leiber, Robert Bloch, and Basil Rathbone, as well as Dr. Joseph Bell, upon whom Holmes is based and, of course, two rarities by the master himself, Conan Doyle. Together the assorted dispositions by the authors--some to bury Holmes, others to praise him--produce an appropriate equilibrium in the collection. Rich with thrills and laughter, this is a true delight for all students of the Baker Street menage. Recommended for public libraries.-- Michael Rogers, ``Library Journal''
Booknews
A reprint of the St. Martin's Press original of 1994. Works by Starrett, Derleth, Barzun. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312117979
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 1,474,532
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Marvin Kaye is the author and editor of more than forty books. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Sherlock Holmes 3
The Recollections of Captain Wilkie 12
The Original of Sherlock Holmes 24
Mr. Sherlock Holmes 30
The Singular Adventure of the Unexpected Doorscraper 37
The Adventure of the Two Collaborators 41
The Mystery of Pinkham's Diamond Stud 44
The Umbrosa Burglary 50
A La Sherlock Holmes 54
The Sign of the "400" 56
The Adventure of the Clothes-line 58
Sherlock Holmes Umpires Baseball 64
The Adventure of the Circular Room 69
The Adventure of the Marked Man 86
The Strange Case of the Megatherium Thefts 100
The Adventure of the Unique Hamlet 109
The Enchanted Garden 123
But Our Hero Was Not Dead 145
Sherlock Holmes and the Drood Mystery 155
In the Island of Uffa 163
The Tibetan Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 169
The Histrionic Holmes 175
How Holmes Came to Play the Violin 221
The Really Final Solution 227
The Unmasking of Sherlock Holmes 230
The Succored Beauty 233
The Adventure of the Second Swag 237
An Irreducible Detective Story 246
The Adventures of Shamrock Jolnes 248
The Stolen Cigar Case 253
A Letter from Mycroft Holmes 261
The Murder of Conan Doyle 263
The Adventure of the Conk-Singleton Papers 268
Journal of a Ghurka Physician 272
The Struldbrugg Reaction 279
The Moriarty Gambit 297
The Adventure of the Missing Countess 307
The Gibraltar Letter 320
The Strange Case of the Tongue-Tied Tenor 335
The Problem of the Purple Maculas 352
Our American Cousins 388
The Field Bazaar 405
Sussex Interview 408
From the Diary of Sherlock Holmes 417
Mrs. Hudson Speaks 421
The Adventure of the Bogle-Wolf 425
Sherlock Holmes in Oz 431
The Sinister Cheesecake 441
The Dilemma of the Distressed Savoyard 449
The Adventure of the Death-Fetch 461
The Theft of the Persian Slipper 477
The Dynamics of an Asteroid 488
"Daydream" 494
Appendix I: Miscellaneous Notes 499
Appendix II: Holmesiography 504
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