A Celebration of Sherlockian Scholarship Volume One: 1902–1959
Edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
The Grand Game is based on the lovely fantasy played by scholars and Sherlockians that Sherlock Holmes was a real person, and that the sixty Canonical tales were actually written by Dr. Watson and reflect true historical events. Of course, the only problem is that the good doctor was frequently careless in keeping straight the dates and details from one story to the next, leaving the path open for scholars to explain the discrepancies and inconsistencies.
As a result, numerous vexing questions have stimulated the speculations of distinguished scholars for more than a century, and many of the best of these appear in this volume of classic articles covering the years 1902–1959. It includes articles by such luminaries as Ronald Knox, A.A. Milne, Dorothy L. Sayers, Christopher Morley, Rex Stout, Anthony Boucher, Red Smith, and even Franklin D. Roosevelt. The sixty-six articles contained in this remarkable book are among the best examples of "the grand game" to be produced during the first six decades of the twentieth century.
"If your shelves can only accommodate a handful of Sherlockian volumes, this should be one of them." —Jon L. Breen, Mystery Scene Magazine
437 pages, hardcover, January 2011 With more than 40 photographs & illustrations
"There are far too many gems to select favorites; the book gives the reader a chance to revisit well-loved essays by familiar authors. Many pieces would be on every "best of" list, and there are an equal number of pleasant surprises." —Steven Rothman, The Baker Street Journal
"One hundred years ago Father Ronald Knox presented the essay, "Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes." The Baker Street Irregulars have celebrated this centenary by gathering 66 articles about the literature of Sherlock Holmes..... to form this first volume of the best "writings on the writings." One of the highlights is the witty hermeneutic-styled introduction by co-editor Laurie King..... excellent **** (4-star review) —Steve Steinbock, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
"Happily, this centennial year has seen the publication of a wonderful collection of essays that not only celebrate this cornerstone of The Grand Sherlockian Game but collects in one volume the cream of Sherlockian scholarship written between 1902 and 1959..... The Grand Game consists of more than 60 of the most delightful and witty of all the "writings on the writings." —Doug Wrigglesworth, Canadian Holmes
"Sherlockians, as it is well known, are a fanatical lot teetering on the edge of rational insanity, and nowhere is this truer than in their pursuit of "the Grand Game." The book of the same name is an encyclopedic introduction to the most whimsical bit of serious scholarship ever to exist." —John Darnton, author of Black and White and Dead All Over
"The Grand Game is a treasure house, full of good things... highly recommended!" —Roger Johnson, The Sherlock Holmes Journal