The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont

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The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont 1906 brings together tales of the multifarious exploits of Robert Barr's elegant and cunning sleuth, Valmont, a brilliantly ironic parody of Sherlock Holmes. Exhibiting the crucial combination of realism and imagination that characterizes the finest crime writing, the stories exude playfulness and wit, blending mystery and quasi-Gothic thrills with humorous detours and romantic adventure. A notable figure in turn-of-the-century literary London and a friend of Conan Doyle, Barr was ...
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The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont

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The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont 1906 brings together tales of the multifarious exploits of Robert Barr's elegant and cunning sleuth, Valmont, a brilliantly ironic parody of Sherlock Holmes. Exhibiting the crucial combination of realism and imagination that characterizes the finest crime writing, the stories exude playfulness and wit, blending mystery and quasi-Gothic thrills with humorous detours and romantic adventure. A notable figure in turn-of-the-century literary London and a friend of Conan Doyle, Barr was acutely aware of style as a form of statement and the stories are full of literary effects, commentary on the detective mystery genre, and Valmont's disparaging reflections on English values. From the hilarious satire of sensationalism in 'The Siamese Twin of a Bomb-Thrower' to the bizarre and operatic melodrama of 'The Ghost with the Club-Foot', Barr's stories delight the reader with their skill, variety, and never-abandoned sense of spirited fun. This edition also includes Barr's two rare pastiches of Valmont's rival, Sherlock Holmes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781500200176
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/15/2014
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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Stephen Knight is Professor of English at the University of Wales, Cardiff. He has written books on Chaucer, King Arthur, and crime fiction. His latest book is Robin Hood: A Complete Study of the English Outlaw.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Select Bibliography
A Note on the Text
1 The Mystery of the Five Hundred Diamonds 3
2 The Siamese Twin of a Bomb-Thrower 28
3 The Clue of the Silver Spoons 65
4 Lord Chizelrigg's Missing Fortune 82
5 The Absent-Minded Coterie 103
6 The Ghost with the Club-Foot 139
7 The Liberation of Wyoming Ed 165
8 Lady Alicia's Emeralds 184
Appendix Two Sherlock Holmes Parodies
1 The Adventures of Sherlaw Kombs 204
2 The Adventure of the Second Swag 212
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