Sherlock: The facts and fiction behind the world's most famous detective

Sherlock: The facts and fiction behind the world's most famous detective

by Martin Fido


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Sherlock has become global phenomenon with huge, international popularity. It all began in the nineteenth century with Arthur Conan Doyle’s adventures of the great detective which gave rise to one of the most popular genres in fiction: the detective novel. So great is the fame of Sherlock that 221B Baker Street, the fictional residence of Sherlock Holmes, has become a shrine for devoted fans and an essential part of the London tourist map.

Sherlock explores the fictional life of the detective and the real life of his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle trained in medicine, fought in the Boer War and had a deep interest in spiritualism. But his real fame came from his writing, particularly the Sherlock Holmes adventures. So popular
was his creation that Doyle was forced to revive him after killing him off in 1893.

Sherlock Holmes remains familiar to us all from the countless cinema, television and stage adaptations of the stories. In Sherlock, Martin Fido brings to life this enigmatic figure, the man who invented him and the astonishing era from which he came.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435160811
Publisher: Metro Books
Publication date: 09/18/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,121,773
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

MARTIN FIDO studied English at Oxford under W. W. Robson, the original editor of the Oxford Sherlock Holmes. Subsequently, Martin taught English at Oxford and Leeds Universities and the University of the West Indies, before spending twenty years as a full-time freelancer and broadcaster, best known for his popular radio series After Midnight. Martin wrote The Murder Guide to London and his investigation into the case of the notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper caused Scotland Yard to change their views on the case. Since 2000 he has lived in America and teaches writing and research at Boston University.

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