The Early Punch Parodies of Sherlock Holmes

223B Casebook Series

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Genius. Braggart. Scientist. Fraud. Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed as all that and more. “The Early Punch Parodies of Sherlock Holmes” brings together the major stories, reviews, briefs and illustrations that appeared in the legendary British humor magazine during Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s lifetime. Annotated and presented in chronological order, this scrapbook charts the rise of Conan Doyle as a writer and public figure and the meteoric popularity of the world’s greatest consulting detective.

 

“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.

 

• Notes on the historical background of the articles and writers, essays on Lehmann, Wodehouse and Punch, plus a new short story featuring Mark Twain and John H. Watson!

 

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.

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About the author

Bill Peschel is a recovering journalist who shares a Pulitzer Prize with the staff of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. He also is a mystery fan who has run the Wimsey Annotations at www.planetpeschel.com for nearly two decades. He is the author of “Writers Gone Wild” (Penguin). Through Peschel Press he publishes Sherlock parodies and pastiches in the 223B Casebook series and annotated editions of Dorothy L. Sayers’ “Whose Body?” and Agatha Christie’s “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” and “The Secret Adversary.” He lives with his family, dog and two cats in Hershey, where the air really does smell like chocolate.

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Publisher
Peschel Press
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Published on
Nov 19, 2014
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Pages
300
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ISBN
9781502793331
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Humorous
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
Literary Collections / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
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