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by Ray Betzner,Vincent Starrett

Download The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes - 75th Anniversary Edition eBook
ISBN:
093850147X
Author:
Ray Betzner,Vincent Starrett
Category:
Mystery
Language:
English
Publisher:
Gasogene Books; 75th Anniversary Edition edition (January 8, 2008)
Pages:
259 pages
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Essays on the life, times, and locations of Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson and their creator, Conan Doyle.

Essays on the life, times, and locations of Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson and their creator, Conan Doyle. One person found this helpful.

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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is a book by Vincent Starrett originally published in 1933. It is considered the first book on Sherlock Holmes scholarship and a cornerstone of the study of Sherlockiana.

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Interesting sidelight of the Sherlock Holmes stories. This is a basic book for all afficionados of the great detective. Interesting sidelight of the Sherlock Holmes stories. This is a basic book for all aficionados of the great detective.

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  • Araath
First, a warning: if you aren't a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast*, you might wish to give this a miss. The book is predicated on a basic familiarity/fascination with the canon, the characters, and the author. If you are a fan of the great detective, however, I predict you'll thoroughly enjoy this opportunity to engage in a leisurely discourse with one of the most noted of Sherlockian scholars and admirers. (I say discourse, because this is the kind of book you talk back to - read it with pencil in hand so you can underline, star, and annotate at will!)

(*While Holmes enthusiasts are often eccentric, it is not entirely accurate to characterize them as "crackpots". Famous members of the most esteemed Sherlock Club - the Baker Street Irregulars - include Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Isaac Asimov, and an array of scientists, scholars, and businessmen - a rather daunting collection of fanboys!)

Vincent Starett is one of the original "Sherlockians" and this book one of the first to establish the boundaries of "Sherlockian studies". Originally published in the 1940s, this collection of essays includes discussions on the origins of the character, his methods, his (in)famous plummet from Reichenbach Falls & triumphant return, 221B Baker Street (its location and contents), and an especially interesting exploration of Sherlock in books/art/stage. The essays whimsically wander between acknowledging the stories as fiction and treating them as actual historical documents, recording the adventures of an authentic historical personage. Thus we are treated to factual explorations of Conan Doyle's career, Victorian London, and publication details, interspersed with passionate debates about inconsistencies in the stories, lists of monographs purportedly published by Holmes, a discussion of Holmes' biography, an exploration of the nature of the friendship between he and Watson, and speculative lists of "unpublished cases". Starett, a noted journalist, author, and bibliophile back in the day, manages to maintain a reverent, erudite tone without lapsing into campiness. And his knowledge of the canon is wonderfully thorough: every page contained some new insight or item of information that enriched my appreciation of the canon, the gentleman who created them, and - yes - even the people who continue to revere Sherlock and his gaslamp-lit world, "where it is always 1895".

And because this is a 75th anniversary edition, we also get an extensive forward by Ray Betzner exploring the life and adventures of Starrett - a fascinating fellow in his own right - as well as an overview of the evolution of Sherlockian studies.

The book is some 200 pages but a quick, engaging read (depending, that is, on how much time you spend annotating), with a great bibliography of Sherlock-related texts at the end; and don't miss out on an opportunity to assess your own Sherlock cred by tackling the "Final Examination Paper" at the end ... sure to humble even the most avid and well-read Sherlock fans!
  • Karon
Being originally published in 1933, I was a bit skeptical about the validity of this book to the modern Sherlockian, though I have never been so glad to be proven wrong. Not only did I find Starrett's work to be surprisingly not outdated, his style of writing was refreshing and his loyalty to the facts left me believing this is the single best companion to Canon there is. It certainly outshined every other companion piece I have read to date, because unlike some other Sherlockian "scholars", his observations are based solely on what we see within the pages - and while still thought provoking and insightful, Starrett never resorts to outlandish speculation.

Undeniably, this is a book written by someone familiar with all the nuances of Canon, and this love of the stories, the characters, and his great understanding of Holmes & Watson is readily apparent in his work. Overall, this was an excellent book that left me grinning from ear to ear and was also an informative read in the process. I cannot recall one instance where his prose lags or becomes boring.

I was especially interested in the author's take on actors who had, up until its first publishing date, played Sherlock Holmes. He is a great admirer of the often overlooked Arthur Wontner (who is a dead ringer for Paget's illustrations, btw) which I was glad to see, being a fan of his portrayal of Holmes, myself. One wonders what Starrett would have thought of Jeremy Brett's unmatched portrayal.

My advice to any casual fan or serious Sherlockian would be to get a copy of this book any way you can.

(There is also, as I understand it, a version of Private Life updated by the author that contains a pastiche at the end. My copy does not have this, so in hindsight I'd definitely look for the version that did.)
  • Stonewing
This is the 75th anniversary edition. Some of the items removed after the initial publication have been reinstated in this version. I read this over 25 years earlier and loved it. Part fiction, part biography, part investigation of what makes Sherlock Holmes so beloved years after original publication, this is written by a man who loved the Canon as much as anyone alive.

If you are a true fan of the original stories or don’t know much beyond the various filmed adaptations but would like to know more, this is worth your time and money. It will whet your appetite for more, it did for me back then. Enjoy! 4.5 out of 5.
  • Najinn
I was pleasantly surprised upon reading this book. Each chapter provided new insights into the environment in which Holmes operated and the characters that lived there. Each chapter will educate even the most serious Holmes afficianado on a wide range of subjects surrounding the canon. My only two regrets were the early date of its publication, 1933 which curtailed the treatment in the chapter disussing the actors who played the detective on the stage and particularly in film. I also would have liked to see more examples of the various artist's illistrations of Holmes, particularly but not exclusively by Paget and Steele.
  • Leniga
If you love Holmes, and who could not, then The Private Life of the master detective will be second only to Doyle's public life of Holmes and Watson. Much of the recounting will be familiar to the aficionado, but occasionally there is a nugget that perhaps was not known, or perhaps was forgotten. An enjoyable read for those who long for the London of Holmes and Watson.
  • Precious
Essays on the life, times, and locations of Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson and their creator, Conan Doyle. Not another Sherlock mystery, just musings on the "life" Holmes must have led.
  • Winenama
I am reading this book. I know it is all fiction, but enjoyable. I have watched Sherlock Holmes since it was showing on the TV.
This is the most comprehensive but compact "biography" of Sherlock Holmes out there. Starrett has covered all the bases in a well composed book. If you can read one Sherlock Holmes bio, I would recommend this.