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A popular pastime among followers of Sherlock Holmes is to treat his adventures as though they were real. Unique in all literature, this pursuit is known as the Grand Game, an intellectual exercise played in order to discover a deeper knowledge of the tales by examining clues in the stories themselves, or by correlating the Sherlockian Canon with historical fact. It's an unprecedented phenomenon that began with one man Monsignor Ronald Knox and his 1912 essay "Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes."
But this wasn't Ronald Knox's only written work about Sherlock Holmes. Here you will find all five ground-breaking Sherlockian pieces by Ronald Knox. These classic works are sure to enhance the reader's enjoyment and understanding of The Great Detective. By providing documented (and sometimes surprising) answers to a perceptive series of questions, Michael Crowe reintroduces us to the very origin of "The Great Game" of Sherlockian Studies, a game that, as he says "brought the great detective back from the non-living."
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Ronald Arbuthnott Knox (1888-1957) was an English theologian and crime writer. Educated at Eton and Oxford, Knox became a fellow of Trinity College, Oxford in 1910. He converted from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism in 1917. Knox became well known as a writer and broadcaster of Christian apologetics. While a Catholic chaplain at the University of Oxford he began writing detective stories, later becoming a member of The Detection Club along with fellow mystery authors Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L. Sayers. Knox s landmark essay, Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes established the Grand Game of Sherlockian scholarship.
Michael J. Crowe is the Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C. Professor Emeritus in the Program of Liberal Studies and Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame. This is his ninth book, most of the others being on the history of astronomy. In 2010 he was awarded the LeRoy Doggett Prize of the American Astronomical Society for his lifelong contributions to the history of astronomy. He is also a lifelong Sherlockian.Review:
A special place of honor as the cornerstone work in any collection of Sherlockiana must certainly go to Father, later Monsignor, Ronald A. Knox for his "Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes." --The Baker Street Journal
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