Sherlock Holmes For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 22, 2010 - 384 páginas
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Get a comprehensive guide to this important literary figure and his author.

A classic literary character, Sherlock Holmes has fascinated readers for decades -- from his repartee with Dr. Watson and his unparalleled powers of deduction to the settings, themes, and villains of the stories. Now, this friendly guide offers a clear introduction to this beloved figure and his author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, presenting new insight into the detective stories and crime scene analysis that have has made Sherlock Holmes famous.

Inside you'll find easy-to-understand yet thorough information on the characters, recurring themes, and locations, and social context of the Sherlock Holmes stories, the relationship of these stories to literature, and the forensics and detective work they feature. You'll also learn about the life of the author.

  • Better understand and enjoy this influential literary character with this plain-English guide.
  • Gain insight on these classic Doyle tales -- from the classic Hound of the Baskervilles to the lesser-known short stories to Holmes stories written by other mystery writers.
  • Explore the appearance of Sherlock Holmes on film, TV, and stage.
  • Examine Holmes today -- from the ever-expanding network of fans worldwide to story locations that fans can visit.

It's elementary! Sherlock Holmes For Dummies is an indispensable guide for students and fans alike!

 

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Very helpful for newbies to Sherlockian mania. I myself am a scholar on Holmes, but this is nearly how I would introduce him to those just meeting the legend of the great detective.

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Introduction
1
Elementary Beginnings and Background
4
Elementary Beginnings and Background
7
The Great Detective and His Life in Crime
29
Arthur Conan Doyle The Doctor Who Created the Detective
49
Life in the Days of London Fog
69
What a Bunch of Characters
83
Cops Landladies and Others The Supporting Characters
105
Rationalism and Religion in the Canon of Sherlock Holmes
208
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes
215
Beyond Baker Street
233
Adapting Holmes for Stage and Screen
257
Communities of Sherlockians
283
The Part of Tens
293
Ten Sherlockian Places to Visit
303
Ten Books Every Sherlockian Should Have
317

Villains Victims and Damsels in Distress
123
Holmes and His Adventures
143
Delving into The Hound of the Baskervilles
163
The Gaslight Goes Away The Modern Stories
179
Common Themes and Threads
197
Ten Notable Quotes and Passages
323
Active Sherlock Holmes Societies
329
Index
341
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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.

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