Investigating Sherlock Holmes: Solved And Unsolved Mysteries by Hartley R. NathanInvestigating Sherlock Holmes: Solved And Unsolved Mysteries by Hartley R. Nathan

Investigating Sherlock Holmes: Solved And Unsolved Mysteries

byHartley R. Nathan, Clifford Goldfarb

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Enter the world of Sherlock Holmes ? It is vast, complex, endlessly fascinating, full of characters, intrigue, twists, turns, amusing, engrossing and much more. And, there are thousands and thousands of people all on every continent who participate in this Sherlock Holmes world. They are known as Sherlockians, Bootmakers (taking the name from an allusion in the Hounds of the Baskervilles). They attend meetings, dinners, exchange views, write papers, discuss...they find many ways to share their obsessions. The most famous Sherlock Holmes Society is the Baker Street Irregulars, founded in 1934. Membership is by invitation only and their major event is an annual dinner in New York. There are numerous journal and publications devoted to Sherlockian and Doylian topics and matters! Investigating Sherlock Holmes brings together thirty-seven of the Nathan and Goldfarb essays into one intriguing and unusual volume. Here the reader can explore how two superb legal minds dig deeply into the mystique, the details, the vagaries, the solved and unsolved mysteries of the Sherlockian world. At once humorous, serious, scholarly and yet whimsical, these papers and essays will delight everyone.

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Hartley R. Nathan and Clifford S. Goldfarb are two of Canada?s most distinguished legal minds who practice law in Toronto. They are also long time ?aficionados? of the world of Sherlock Holmes and participate regularly in meetings and conferences and they regularly publish their Sherlockian papers. After some thirty years, they still c...

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Title:Investigating Sherlock Holmes: Solved And Unsolved MysteriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 19, 2014Publisher:Mosaic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889629927

ISBN - 13:9780889629929

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solving the puzzle of Sherlock Holmes The character of Sherlock Holmes occupies a special place in the hearts and minds of most readers. But those of us who have only a nodding acquaintance with the 56 short stories and four novels that make up the Holmes “Canon” must wonder at the intensity of “Sherlockians” who treat Holmes as a real person and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as merely the “literary agent” for the good Dr. Watson who narrates the Holmes stories. “Investigating Sherlock Holmes” solves this puzzle. In a series of papers presented to Sherlock societies over the years, Hartley Nathan and Clifford Goldfarb decipher the ways in which Holmes enthusiasts have created a parallel universe in which Doyle’s characters would have lived and done their work. Hartley Nathan, in a piece entitled “Sherlock in Jerusalem,” explains how the Sherlockians “consider Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to have been real persons who lived at 221B Baker Street in London. Dr. Watson was the scribe and Conan Doyle the literary agent who arranged for the stories to be published. This is known as “playing the game…” And a great game it is. The dozen papers in this charming book cover the gamut, from determining “Who Was That Hebrew Rabbi?” to identifying the possible real life Toronto bootmaker who served as the model for the maker of the mysterious boot that gave clue to solving the murder in The Hound of the Baskervilles. The Holmes stories, Nathan and Goldfarb remind us, keep alive all the glittering contradictions of an age known variously as the Gay Nineties or the Belle Epoque. Their investigation of the Sherlock Holmes stories adds to our understanding of Doyle’s rich literary creativity and gives us a new entry into the life and times of that era.
Date published: 2014-11-19