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The Case of Sherlock Holmes: Secrets and Lies in Conan Doyle's Detective Fiction

Andrew Glazzard


The Case of Sherlock Holmes uncovers what is untold, partly told, wrongly told or deliberately concealed in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes saga. This engaging study uses a scholarly approach, combining close reading with historicism, to read the stories afresh, sceptically probing Dr Watson’s narratives and Holmes’s often barely credible solutions. Drawing on Victorian and Edwardian history, Conan Doyle’s life and works, and Doyle’s literary sources, the book offers new insights into the Holmes stories and reveals what they say about money, class, family, sex, race, war and secrecy.

Keywords: Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, Watson, Crime, Detective, Fiction, Secrets, Lies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474431293
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474431293.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Glazzard, author