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More scholarly and humorous Sherlockian writings.

Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle in the Newspapers
Volume 3: July - December 1893

By Mattias Boström and Matt Laffey

"The Press, Watson, is a most valuable institution, if you only know how to use it."
—Sherlock Holmes
"The Adventure of the Six Napoleons"

A wealth of exciting Sherlockian treasures lay hidden in old, inaccessible newspapers; untouched for over a hundred years. These ephemeral, late 19th century papers covered the writings of Arthur Conan Doyle and the doings of Sherlock Holmes as they first appeared to the world.

In the third volume of the series we move on to the latter half of 1893 and watch as Conan Doyle’s literary star rises to even greater heights. The former doctor is now one of the world’s most celebrated authors. Conan Doyle’s books and plays are frequently reviewed in the press, and during the autumn he goes on a widely reported lecture tour, expounding on the importance of English novelists of the day.

For ardent fans of the Great Detective, the end of 1893 contains an unexpected tragedy: the death of Sherlock Holmes. For the first time since these articles appeared, Sherlockians can be first-hand witnesses to the news — from the early rumors of the detective’s imminent death, to the day when readers were forced to come to terms with the notion that “The Final Problem” really was “final.”

The Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle in the Newspapers series offers a unique perspective on the literary career and public life of Arthur Conan Doyle. It also reflects a universally celebrated Sherlock Holmes — no longer an obscure detective — who has been transformed into a literary icon and cultural institution with a life of his very own.

"I cannot speak too highly of this archival project...." —Nicholas Utechin
The Sherlock Holmes Journal

248 pp., soft cover, $32.95