B. J. Rahn The Real World of Sherlock

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Ever wondered where Arthur Conan Doyle got his inspiration for the famous literary sleuth? Holmes is a man known for his eccentricities his reclusiveness and aura of genius have become trademarks today, and are recognisable in any Holmes adaptation. This book reveals the men who inspired that iconic persona, and also takes a fascinating look at crime and detection in nineteenth-century London. Was there a real Study in Scarlet’? Who developed the methods of forensic detection that remain in use today? And how did Victorian police detectives solve crimes without the aid of modern technology? An ideal book for any Sherlock fan, The Real World of Sherlock explores the world that the stories emerged from and the inspirations behind the character himself. You’ll be astonished at just how real Sherlock was!

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Professor B. J. Rahn teaches English Literature at Hunter College in New York. She has been teaching, researching, and writing about crime fiction for over two decades. She has published articles in journals and reference books such as The Armchair Detective, The Dictionary of Literary Biography and the Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing. She also leads detective walking tours in the UK, which visit sites in the lives and fiction of authors such as Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, and Margery Allingham.

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examines the men who inspired the persona of Holmes, and explores the crime-fighting context of Conan Doyle’s stories. The book is well set-out and meticulously researched, making it an excellent reference work for anyone interested in the development of crime investigation methods through the nineteenth century and into the twentieth. Professor Rahn provides background on the emergence of the Metropolitan Police, and on the techniques of the Holmesian age which were available in the investigation of violent crime. This is interesting reading in and of itself, but when applied to the Holmes stories it is doubly fascinating to note which forensic tools are referenced by Conan Doyle and which earn the merest throwaway comment. Professor Rahn demonstrates how Holmes barely touches upon the newer forensic tools of the time, relying instead on his ability to observe and then extrapolate from his observations. Perhaps this is down to the differences between writing an entertaining crime story for your readership and successfully pursuing a real-world criminal. ... a well-constructed book, brimming with fascinating historic facts and insight. But it is the book’s readability that raises it above the multitudinous offerings of Holmesian non-fiction. Professor Rahn’s writing is smooth, flowing and effortlessly enjoyable. That she knows her subject inside-out is a given. That she can present her subject in an interesting and entertaining way: well, that is a delight. (Dorothy L. Sayers Society, Bulletin (January 2015))

Fans of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson will enjoy the dissection of the world of the author of the Holmes stories in this nonfiction work as B. J. Rahn considers what these tales owe to other writers, doctors, scientists and policemen of the day. She looks firstly at the influence of the works of Edgar Allan Poe on the Sherlock oevre and then at the contribution of Doyle's mentor in his medical training in Edinburgh, Dr. Joseph Bell. The real life mysteries that Conan Doyle investigated are fully described - the Edalji and Slater cases are the crux here - with Doyle's interest in crime demonstrated by his membership of the exclusive dining club eventually called the Crimes Club. This group discussed serious crimes and visited relevant places like the Jack the Ripper sites. A section on the development of European police forces with emphasis on the UK and attempts to establish a reliable and effective detective group really shows paral-lels to some of the Holmes canon and its emphasis on the limited nature of investiga-tions by the official police compared with Holmes's use of observation, intuition and knowledge. The centre of the picture for B. J. Rahn is the character of Conan Doyle himself. To Doyle himself she attributes the sense of justice and the investigative flair of Holmes. To any student of the Holmes works this book will pro-vide an interesting reference work. (Mystery People (June 2015))

B.J. Rahn has written extensively on crime fiction, and her most recent book is THE REAL WORLD OF SHERLOCK, which takes readers behind the scenes of the character and the stories. I've known Rahn for years and even supplied an article on Ngaio March for a collection she put together in 1995. The Sherlock book has been available in the UK for a few months, and will be published in the US this month. For all those interested in the history of mystery, this looks like a must-read. "Ever wondered where Conan Doyle got his inspiration for the literary sleuth? Was there a real 'Study in Scarlet' in Victorian London? What baffled Victorian police detectives? In The Real World of Sherlock, B. J. Rahn explores the world that Sherlock emerged from and the inspirations behind the character himself (Mysterious Books Newsletter (April 2015), p. 46.)

...absorbing account of how a Scottish-born member of an artistic Anglo-Irish family came to create a character that still, nearly 130 years later, defines the Great Detective in the public mind. BJ Rahn examines fictional and factual antecedents, and compares Sherlock Holmes’s methods with those of the police. Even old hands will learn something, and find pleasure in doing so. (Roger Johnson , District Messenger, No. 348 (6.12.14)

The author takes a look at the real-life background to the Sherlock Holmes stories, covering Doyle’s background, the influences of Joseph Bell and Edgar Allan Poe, the way that detectives actually investigated crime back then, including the emerging scientific discoveries and how Holmes made use of these techniques. (Bradley, Geoff -- Crime and Detective Stories (CADS), No. 70)

The familiar material is given a fresh slant, agreeably written, and full of surprising facts, observations, and insights.' ... 'Add this engaging volume to the permanent Holmesian shelf.' (Mystery Scene)

lifts the lid on how Doyle turned real-life detective to solve a string of cases that stumped police (London Daily Mirror)

...new edition has been revised and expanded with more photographs and footnotes, but also with an extra 37 page chapter added on to the second part...The additional chapter adds another interesting section looking at women in the Holmes stories but also in Victorian life in general. It adds to what was already a readable and interesting book that combines the worlds of fiction and real life. (Crime and Detective Stories no 72)

English literature professor Rahn provides a competent introduction to the background for Conan Doyle's stories, focusing on the personalities that shaped Holmes and the state of policing during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. She begins with a comparison of Poe's Dupin stories with the canon before moving on to parallels between Holmes and Conan Doyle himself, as well as the influence of Dr. Joseph Bell, one of Conan Doyle's medical school instructors, on the detective. ... Rahn presents a solid survey of the history of London's Metropolitan Police and the investigative tools available to them at the time, ... Sherlockians will find plenty of interest.

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