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Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street, the life of the world’s first consulting detective.

4.39 of 5 stars 4.39  ·  rating details  ·  7,049 ratings  ·  24 reviews
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Although millions know of Sherlock Holmes through the chronicles of his exploits written by Dr. Watson, it is only now that, owing to his recent death, the full biography and facts of his life can be brought before the public. This volume brings together for the first time every known fact that can be fully authenticated about the life of one of the wo
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Hardcover, First Edition, 336 pages
Published 1962 by Clarkson N. Potter Inc.
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M.R. Graham
A fascinating piece of scholarship, expertly blending fact with surmise. Baring-Gould does an excellent job of untangling Watson's obfuscations, reading between the lines, and catching odd clues left by the Detective's biographer.
Unfortunately, the conclusion left something to be desired. One would think that so respected a Holmesian scholar would have noted that, to date, The Times has yet to publish an obituary for Sherlock Holmes. I credit The Times' editorial staff with both the resources an
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Cathrine Bonham
For a biography of a fictional person it really wasn't very interesting. The narritave is largely just paraphrasing of Doyle's adventures with a lot of speculation thrown in.

If you do decide to read this do try to find a copy of "Profile By Gaslight: an irregular reader about the private life of Sherlock Holmes" Edited by: Edgar W. Smith Published by: Simon & Schuster NY 1944. "Profile By Gaslight" is referenced a lot in Baring-Gould's foot notes and is on it's own a much more interesting r
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Tim
Late last night, I finished this singular title from Holmesian studies: Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street by the late W.S. Baring-Gould, a Holmesian scholar of note. (First published, 1962; this vintage paperback edition is from 1963, the second printing.)

This might be the pinnacle of scholarly literature concentrating on “The Game” of treating Holmes and Watson as real people (according to Wikipedia, Ronald Knox, the English theologian, gets credit for inventing “The Game”). It’s a complete biogr
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Ron Chicaferro
If you're a fan of the worlds first consulting detective then you might want to read this wonderful book, Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street by William S. Baring-Gould. The book was published in 1962 so it may be hard to find but it is the most definitive of the Holmes books. Baring-Gould spent 20 years researching all the aspects of the Conan-Doyle stories to either prove or disprove many of the aspects of the Holmes stories that have been adopted by other authors. Its a fascinating look into a ch ...more
Kathy  Petersen
I've been reading the entire Holmes collection chronologically by publication date; Baring-Gould has written this biography using the chronology of the cases themselves. This makes me want to start over -- but I won't since B-G has provided sufficient detail to remind me of the tale he briefly, and without spoilers, describes. He also reveals some hitherto unknown facets of Holmes' life after Reichenbach and before the adventure of the empty house. (Rex Stout would neither confirm nor deny...)
R. C.
How can a story that's basically a clever compilation of "facts" from many other stories be so fascinating? My favorite part was reading the info on Holmes' dad that was actually lifted directly from The Lost World's description of Professor Challenger. Uh-huh, origin of Holmes' neuroticism, check. Can I add to this review hearts and flutters and stars for the "biographer"? *~*~<3~*~* Mr. Baring-Gould *~*~<3~*~*
Liz
This is a pastiche biography of Sherlock Holmes which maps out a chronology of all of his adventures and includes Baring-Gould's headcanons about Holmes. I mostly read this for research purposes. Since this book was so influential among Sherlockians, I figured it was required reading. Props to this guy for doing the hard work of putting together a timeline, but the reading was a bit of a slog at times, since it was more or less a summary of the canon. Baring-Gould's headcanons also wildly diverg ...more
Iceman
Sherlock Holmes é um ícone da literatura e, atrevo-me a dizer, do meio da investigação criminal.

Figura criada em 1887 por Sir Conan Doyle, o sucesso foi imediato. Para além de elevar a arte de detective particular a patamares nunca alcançados, Doyle conseguiu criar uma vedeta internacional e o mais curioso é que essa personagem nunca existiu.

Mesmo mais de 100 anos depois do fim das suas aventuras, é impossível não nos deixarmos entusiasmar e impressionar pelos casos criados e pelo carisma da per
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Nina
This is the second attempt at a Sherlock Holmes biography that I've read, and I ended up being slightly bored by both of them. I guess the problem is that at some point both authors can't do much else than retell the canon stories. Baring-Gould did this to the point where he paraphrased or just quoted looooong passages from the canon, which was not necessary and didn't even fit with the style of the rest of the book. Why would you have extensive dialogue in a (fictional) biography? But maybe tha ...more
Antonomasia
May 26, 2015 Antonomasia rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: serious Holmes fans with high boredom threshholds
I'd been looking forward to reading this for months. Not as much as I'd been looking forward to Game of Shadows, but then Robert Downey Jr's very liberal interpretation of Holmes is the sexiest thing I've ever seen in a film, and this is just a geeky old book about Conan Doyle's original character.

Three interesting speculative chapters about Sherlock's pre-detecting life make a decent opener, but later only the obligatory Jack The Ripper digression interleaves a sheaf of unoriginal case synopses
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Dane
This is a biography of Sherlock Holmes, written as if he'd been a real person. In the first several chapters, the author creates a backstory for him that has been riffed off of in fanon ever since. The events of the adventures that Watson chronicled in the Canon are rearranged chronologically to create an interesting and coherent narrative that helps make sense out of Conan Doyle's cavalier approach to continuity. I really enjoyed this, and as soon as I finished this library book, I ordered a co ...more
Kirsten T
Completely bonkers and therefore entirely loveable. A work of Serious Biography about Actual Real Person, Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street. Did you know that Sherlock Holmes was prrooobbbabbly hunting the yeti during his three year "Great Hiatus"? Or that Professor Moriarty may well be dozens of other famous fictional characters, including Fu Manchu and Captain Nemo? Well now you do. Thanks, William S. Baring-Gould! (Basically, Sherlockian scholarship is BANANAS.)
Mike Jensen
A thoroughly enjoyable "biography" of a fictional character. Baring-Gould would have a better book had he resisted the temptations to supply so many plot synopsis from Conan Doyle stories as if they are the events of Holmes's life. The ending is every bit as silly as it tries to be moving, but overall this is a very readable and fun book of the "Holmes was real" variety. This conceit is silly to its core, but many like it.
Rozonda
I read this book as a teen (lent by my brother) and loved it. I recently got my hands on acopy and have re-read it. This very first attempt of a biography of the Great detective is still delightful, and my better knowledge as an adult of the characters and historical facts mentioned has but added to the delight. A piece of joy.
Karen
This was the first Writing about the Writings that I had ever seen, found on a remainder table way way back when I was in college. It will always have a place in my heart, although I think some of his deductions and conclusions are wrong. Do Sherlockians ever agree on some of these things?
Troy Rodgers
A "biography" from a true Sherlockian, using the original canon stories as the source material. The result is the complete story of a fully-formed character who seems far more real than most real people you can name. For fans of the character, this is an absolute must-read.
Read1000books
Not a mystery or a pastiche per se but a biography of Sherlock Holmes. Very good. Includes Holmes involvement in the Jack The Ripper case (and the identity of the murderer-you'll never guess who!), as well as the time and manner of Holmes' death.
M.k. Yost
I adored this! It's like the unauthorised biography of Sherlock Holmes, and piece of convincing semi-fiction that seems to have influenced a lot of modern Sherlockian writers.
Tammy
Crackfic. Seriously. He manages to make Professor Challenger a Holmes relation. Also, I don't care what you tell me, Sherrinford is reallllll.
Matt
Phenomenal. A biography of Sherlock Holmes based on the canon.
Pat
An interesting approach but just a repeat of Conan
Doyle's stories.
Ari Iha
the character is the best..unique and live..love him
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William Stuart Baring-Gould (1913–1967) was a noted Sherlock Holmes scholar, best known as the author of the influential 1962 fictional biography, Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street: A life of the world's first consulting detective.

He was creative director of Time magazine's circulation and corporate education departments from 1937 until his death. His paternal grandfather was Reverend Sabine Baring-
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