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Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Sources

Redmond, Donald A.

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ISBN 10: 0773503919 / ISBN 13: 9780773503915
Published by McGill-Queen's University Press, 1982
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Sources

Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Craftsman or copyist? Genius or journeyman? Artist or artisan? Of these, what was Conan Doyle? Does anyone take Conan Doyle seriously? Who can explain the phenomenon which makes Sherlock Holmes the instantly recognizable stock figure, probably the only such stereotype and standby in late Victorian and early twentieth-century fiction? Small fanatic groups rally to the cause of other fictional heroes from Tarzan to James Bond - and scores of forgettable detectives moulder in forgettable detective stories, while durable dated Holmes, whose career is now a century old (and he himself better than a century and a quarter according to his supporters) is as crisply readable and as much read as ever. If this is not literature, it is certainly durable craftsmanship, such that while Conan Doyle's other works fade into that greyness explored only by the occasional match-striking literature student, new editions of Sherlock Holmes, and Holmeses who never knew Conan Doyle, roll steadily from the presses. Such durability demands explanation.

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DONALD A. REDMOND is a retired Technical and University Librarian with an interest in the work and publishing history of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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