From Holmes to Sherlock

From Holmes to Sherlock

The Story of the Men and Women Who Created An Icon

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"Everyone knows Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created a unique literary character who has remained popular for over a century and is appreciated more than ever today. But what made this fictional character, dreamed up by a small-town English doctor in the 1880s, into such a lasting success, despite the author's own attempt to escape his invention? In From Holmes to Sherlock, Swedish author and Sherlock Holmes expert Mattias Bostrom recreates the full story behind the legend for the first time. From a young Arthur Conan Doyle sitting in a Scottish lecture hall taking notes on his medical professor's powers of observation to the pair of modern-day fans who brainstormed the idea behind the TV sensation Sherlock, from the publishing world's first literary agent to the Georgian princess who showed up at the Conan Doyle estate and altered a legacy, the narrative follows the men and women who have created and perpetuated the myth. It includes tales of unexpected fortune, accidental romance, and inheritances gone awry, and tells of the actors, writers, readers, and other players who have transformed Sherlock Holmes from the gentleman amateur of the Victorian era to the odd genius of today. Told in fast-paced, novelistic prose, From Holmes to Sherlock is a singular celebration of the most famous detective in the world -- a must-read for newcomers and experts alike"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, 2017.
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9780802126603
080212660X
Branch Call Number: 823.8 DOYLE -B
Characteristics: 597 pages : illustrations (some colour)
Additional Contributors: Gallagher, Michael 1978-

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Nov 01, 2017

For anyone who wants to know anything and everything there is to know about Sherlock Holmes, they will find it here. This book goes into Arthur Conan Doyle's roots, his earlier writings and how he was inspired to write the story of literature's most famous detective team, Holmes and Watson. It also goes into the many movie and literary adaptations of the characters and how the Conan Doyle family has fought for years to protect the integrity of the original character. Among the many nuggets one will find in here: Holmes never wore a deerstalker hat or carried a Meerschaum pipe - these were illustrated glosses added well after the stories were written and therefore not in the canon; Conan Doyle's son accidentally made one of the 20th century's greatest finds, the lost palace of the Queen of Sheba; and how after the box office bomb "The Black Cauldron," a cartoon version of Holmes called "The Great Mouse Detective" literally saved the Disney animation studio from being permanently shut down. The book is long and quite exhaustive, but is well worth the read, whether you're a fan of Holmes or not.

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