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Sherlock Holmes For Dummies Paperback – March 22, 2010
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Your comprehensive guide to this important literary figure and his author
It's elementary! Sherlock Holmes is a classic character who has fascinated readers for decades, and now this indispensable guide explores the enduring detective's stories like never before. Discover the rich characters, recurring themes, and social context of Arthur Conan Doyle's tales; the influence of Holmes on literature and pop culture; and why his stories still offer endless and fascinating new discoveries to readers.
See where it all began meet Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who created the world's greatest detective, and learn about Victorian London, where the Holmes stories take place
Gain new insight into Doyle's tales from the classic Hound of the Baskervilles to the lesser-known short stories, get a closer look at the forensics and detective work that made Sherlock Holmes famous
Get to know the characters discover why Holmes and Watson are such beloved characters, and meet other characters such as cops, bad guys, victims, and damsels in distress
Experience Holmes today from the ever-expanding network of worldwide fans to story locations that fans can visit, discover how the character continues to resonate with so many devoted followers
"Move over, Arthur Conan Doyle. Make room for Steve Doyle, whose handy Sherlock Holmes For Dummies will constitute addictive reading for Holmes fans and novices alike. Doyle has merrily put together a compendium of every sort of information regarding The Great Detective, from animal, vegetable, mineral, comical, tragical, and geographical. He even recommends ten Holmes books no aficionado should be without but make that eleven. Sherlock Holmes For Dummies is essential reading." Nicholas Meyer Author, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Open the book and find:
A list of all Sherlock Holmes short stories and novels
A detailed picture of Britain during Holmes's time
In-depth analysis of Holmes and Watson as characters
Detailed coverage of the four novels in the Sherlockian canon
Holmes portrayals in television, movies, onstage, and in fan fiction
The most memorable quotes of Holmes
Active Sherlockian societies in the United States
Identify key themes, settings, and characters
See the influence of Holmes stories and their impact on literature, mystery writing, and detective work
Discover Holmes through his contemporary fan following, and stage and screen adaptations
Appreciate the literary genius of the Sherlock Holmes canon
About the Author
Steven Doyle is co-founder of Wessex Press/Gasogene Books, a small press specializing in Sherlock Holmes books, including the landmark Sherlock Holmes Reference Library. David A. Crowder is the author or co-author of several For Dummies titles.
Top Customer Reviews
This is the most comprehensive single volume compendium of Sherlock Holmes information I have seen. I have been Sherlock Holmes devotee for over 50 years since my cousin gave me "The Complete Sherlock Holmes" when I was 13. I have and have read a number of books about Sherlock Holmes and this is the best and most compete and most readable single volumne of them all. I first came accross the book on the shelf of a book store but it was the Kindle edition that I bought. The book is intended to be a reference that one dips into at various points and not intended to be read in a linear fashion (although I read it that way). It can be difficult for an e-book to have the appropriate navigation for such a book but this Kindle version does and does it well.
The authors do an excellent job describing life in the Victorian and post Victorian era as well the characters and the role they play in the stories. For example his explanation of the role of the pageboys (Billy) and the urchins (The Baker Street Irregulars especially their initial leader Wiggins and the subsequent leader Simpson). I was surprised that the role of the messengers was overlooked, especially that of Cuthbertson in the Hound of the Baskervilles.
The authors also do a superb job describing the relationship to other detective stories of the period and the infulence that Holmes had on others expecially my favorites, Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey, Chesterson's Father Brown and Chirstie's Hercule Poirot. Their cataloging of the stage, screen, radio and television versions of the Holmes stories is the best summary that I have seen.
I recommend this book to both Sherlock Holmes neophytes and veterans.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not just for beginners but something for every Holmes enthusiastPublished 7 months ago by Alan J. Shaw
Reads like almost all of the Dummies books... which works less effectively for literature, I think, than it does for the technological world. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kratze
It was great! A crash course in everything Sherlock and Doyle!! A must read for any budding Sherlockian!!Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
i have not had time to read this but i'm looking forward to it. it is great for any sherlock holmes fan.Published on June 26, 2014 by Cassie Walling
I found this book to be interesting and worth purchasing despite the title. Mr. Doyle shows his love for Holmes, Watson and their world. Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by The Game is Afoot
Too many general comments. Not an analysis of the Sherlock Holmes novels and stories. Not what I expected from the book.Published on March 22, 2014 by Sam
One shouldn't feel a complete dummy in reading this book, for it does a rather good job in introducing Holmes on several levels: as publishing phenomenon, as fictional character,... Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by J. R. Trtek