Table of Contents
Authors ... and an Artist
Frank Allen Witchcraft in Baker Street
Isaac Asimov The Dynamics of an Asteroid
Jacques Barzun The Other Decalogue
Jacques Bergier What Sherlock Holmes Knew, or, The Dreadful Secret of the UFO
S. Tupper Bigelow The Ten Best Canonical Stories
Alan Bradley Nothing of Value
Peter Cooper Holmesian Chemistry
Philip Dalton Sherlock Holmes and New Scotland Yard
Quentin Downes Why Did He Call Her "Carfax"?
Andre G. Fusco The Case Against Mr. Holmes
John Gardner Moriarty and the Real Underworld
Martin Gardner Irrelevance of Conan Doyle
Michael Harrison Sherlock Holmes & "The King of Bohemia
Banesh Hoffmann Red hues and "The Red-headed League"
Anthony Howlett The Impersonators: Sherlock Holmes on Stage and Screen
Nicholas Meyer Psychological Directions in Holmesian Criticism
David Pearson Did Holmes Believe in God?
Donald A. Redmond This Is Not Our Sherlock! (Part I)
Karl Krejci-graf This Is Not Our Sherlock! (Part II)
Samuel Rosenberg Some Notes on the Conan Doyle Syndrome and Allegory in "Adventure of Red Circle"
John Bennett Shaw Sherlock and the American Indian
Nicholas Utechin The Colonel of the Matter: The Early Career of Colonel Sebastian Moran
Edward Van Liere A Critique of the Biologic Plots
Alan Watkins Sherlock Holmes & the Invisible Car Park
Colin Wilson The Flawed Superman
Notes on the Contributors
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"It is a capital mistake, my dear Watson, to theorize before one has the facts."
People who cannot read a word of English know his name. Thousands write each year to his 221B Baker Street address. At least one cardinal and one president of the United States may be found among his faithful admirers. The young accept him, as their fathers and grandfathers accepted him.
Yet he is intensely prejudiced, often bad-tempered, irritable with the people who might look to him for a little kindness, capable of a quite unmerited snub, grossly self-indulgent, arrogant, self-opinionated, and decidedly touchy about trivialities.
He is, of course, the Master, Sherlock Holmes.
How does one account for the fascination that Sherlock Holmes has held for so many people, of so many backgrounds and countries, over so long a time? Never fear, for editor Michael Harrison and twenty-five other devoted Sherlockians clear the fog of late-Victorian London as they take us indeed beyond Baker Street to a firmer understanding of Holmes, Doctor Watson, the Canon, and their creator, Conan Doyle. No one here has sought to father views and significances which are not plainly apparent at the first reading of the stories, the sixty adventures.
In "Moriarty and the Real Underworld," author John Gardner invokes a sordid picture of the cracks-men, snoozers, whizzers and dippers, the artful mobs-men of Doyle’s nineteenth-century London.
Isaac Asimov reconstructs the lost scientific papers of Professor Moriarty, "the Napoleon of crime," "organizer of half that is evil and nearly all that is undetected in this great city."
Martin Gardner’s startling "The Irrelevance of Conan Doyle" reveals Doyle’s conversion to spiritualism, an obsession which cost him a small fortune during his investigation of the occult, spirit photographs, and other psychic phenomena.
The enfant terrible of Sherlockian scholarship, Samuel Rosenberg (Naked Is the Best Disguise: The Death and Resurrection of Sherlock Holmes), and Nicholas Meyer, author of the best-selling The Seven Percent Solution, delve into the psychology of the Saga.
In "The Other Decalogue," Jacques Barzun, educator and man of letters, chastises Holmesian parody, pastiche, and forgery, but goes on to suggest ten dictates for the serious pastiche.
Colin Wilson, a literary force in both Britain and America, views Holmes as "a response to a deep-rooted psychological need," an answer to the "new disease of alienation," in "The Flawed Superman."
That witchcraft, the American Indian, Lillie Langtry, New Scotland Yard, and chemistry are among the many elements that combine to ignite this anthology should not surprise. Nor should it astonish that included in this Holmes fellowship are pharmacists, lawyers, librarians, geologists, university professors, a radio executive, a TV engineer, a minister of religion, a Dean Emeritus of a university medical center, journalists, a professional artist, and a Scotland Yard man.
Cult, hobby, or addiction, call it what you will, here is the composition and spirit of the Holmesian movement in microcosm. These authors, representatives of that movement, have joined in an effort to present Sherlock Holmes and/or his creator in an entirely new light. This book will give you a new understanding of the Master.