Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes

Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes

by Michael Sims


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632860392
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/24/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 900,586
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Michael Sims is the author of The Story of Charlotte's Web, which the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and other venues chose as a Best Book of the year; Adam's Navel, which was a New York Times Notable Book and a Library Journal Best Science Book; The Adventures of Henry Thoreau; and other books. He edits The Connoisseur's Collection series of Victorian anthologies, including The Dead Witness (detective stories), and also edited The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime and The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime. His Sherlockian pastiche “The Memoirs of Silver Blaze” appears in the Anthony Award-winning anthology In the Company of Sherlock Holmes. He lives in western Pennsylvania with his wife and son.

Table of Contents

Overture: Remembering 1

Part 1 Dr. Bell and Mr. Doyle

1 A Super-Man 7

2 Your Powers of Deduction 12

3 Art in the Blood 20

4 Seven Weary Steps 25

5 Athens of the North 30

6 No Man of Flesh and Blood 35

7 Ode to Opium 40

8 Drinking Poison 45

9 Intemperance 51

10 Dr. Conan Doyle, Surgeon 58

11 A Wealth of Youth and Pluck 63

12 The Circular Tour 69

13 The Unseen World 74

Part 2 Prophets and Police

14 The Method of Zadig 83

15 The Footmarks of Poe 87

16 How Do You Know That? 95

17 Games of Chess, Played with Live Pieces 99

Part 3 Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson

18 Dr. Sacker and Mr. Hope 111

19 Bohemians in Baker Street 119

20 A Little Too Scientific 125

21 The Book of Life 133

22 A Basilisk in the Desert 137

23 A Born Novelist 144

24 The Preternatural Sagacity of a Scientific Detective 151

25 Truth as Death 158

26 Watson's Brother's Watch 166

27 Dread of Madhouses 174

28 Adventures in the Strand 179

29 Deerstalker 184

30 To My Old Teacher 191

Acknowledgments 199

Notes 201

Bibliography and Further Reading 223

Index 235

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