Sherlock Holmes: Fact Or Fiction?
A "biography" that is as highly regarded today as it was when originally published in 1932, Blakeney's book was crafted to reveal "the hidden depth in Holmes' life and character". Covers Watson's second marriage, Holmes' experiences with women, a comparison of Holmes' detecting methods with those of Scotland Yard, and more.
Paperback, 133 pages
Published December 31st 1993 by Otto Penzler Books
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Apr 19, 2011 Anthony rated it 3 of 5 stars
Blakeney's "biography" of Sherlock Holmes is one I've often heard about but only just came across in a used bookstore, in the reissue edition from Otto Penzler books. Blakeney wrote this in 1932 and Penzler reissued it as part of his "Sherlock Holmes Library" in the 1990s. I have to say that while it was a fun read, I can't say I was as impressed as people implied I should be. The chapter on Holmes' relationship with Scotland Yard is fun without a doubt. The bulk of the book is an attempt to put...more
I give this only three stars not because of any issue I have with it, but because it is really for a narrow audience: major fans of the Sherlockian writings of A.C.Doyle, especially those who appreciate "the Game." This is a 1932 summary of some of the major issues and conundrums found in the Holmes Canon (e.g., the dating of the cases, the marriages of Watson, the questionable authorship of some of the later tales). It is written, like many works of the Game, with the assumption that Sherlock H...more