“The Early Punch Parodies of Sherlock Holmes” contains:
• All of the 17 stories in R.C. Lehmann’s “The Adventures of Picklock Holes.”
• P.G. Wodehouse’s Sherlockian parodies “Dudley Jones, Bore-Hunter” and “The Prodigal.”
• Briefs and article excerpts that praise and poke fun at Conan Doyle’s work and beliefs.
• Five complete Holmes parodies including two that haven’t been seen for a century.
• Cartoons by Punch artists E.T. Reed, Bernard Partridge and others.
• Reviews of Conan Doyle’s books, including two of the “Sherlock Holmes” play starring William Gillette.
More than a collection of humorous stories, “The Early Punch Parodies of Sherlock Holmes” shows how Sherlock Holmes shaped the culture, and how the culture shaped our view of Sherlock Holmes.
The 223B Casebook Series from Peschel Press reprints the Sherlock Holmes parodies and pastiches published during Arthur Conan Doyle’s lifetime. In addition to being fun to read, the books show how contemporary writers reacted to Conan Doyle’s life and works, and how they reshaped Holmes for their own uses. The result is valuable insight into the “history behind the mystery” of the great detective‘s popularity and endurance.