Late 19th century English literature supplied the world with iconic literary characters such as Dracula and Alice (of Alice in Wonderland fame), but few have had such a huge impact on popular culture over the past one hundred years than "consulting detective" Sherlock Holmes.
Introduced in the 1887 novel A Study in Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes went on to appear in 60 short stories and novels. Created by Scottish physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes has become forever associated with deductive reasoning, forensic science, a large pipe, a Deerstalker hat and spectacular disguises. Along with his physician sidekick (and exploit chronicler) Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes became that generation's version of CSI. From his rooms at 221B Baker Street in London to the desolate moors of the south of England, Sherlock Holmes always nabbed the bad guys with a flair that may have made him the most popular fitional detective in literature.
In addition to the sixty wonderful Sherlock Holmes stories, the famous detective appears in numerous stage, film and television adaptations. The most famous of these is the fourteen film series starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. Made between 1939 and 1946, these films are fun, witty and exciting. Sherlock received a film update in 2009 in a Guy Ritchie film starring Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes. PBS aired a spectacular series of Sherlock Holmes television features in the 1980s and recently, PBS has begun developing a new television series starring the pipe smoking detective.
Sherlock Holmes films available through the library.
Submitted by Dan@Central