Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street: A Life of the World's First Consulting Detective

Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street: A Life of the World's First Consulting Detective

From the Dust Jacket:

Although millions know of Sherlock Holmes through the chronicles of his exploits written by Dr. Watson, it is only now that, owing to his recent death, the full biography and facts of his life can be brought before the public. This volume brings together for the first time every known fact that can be fully authenticated about the life of one of the world's most extraordinary men, and reveals much more about him that has not been heretofore generally known. From twenty years' research into every possible source, the author has written as definitive an account as could ever be assembled. Sherlock Holmes was born on January 6th, 1854, the third and last son of Siger and Violet Holmes, of North Riding, Yorkshire. He traveled widely on the continent as a boy, where he learned six languages. Displaying most unusual talents at an early age, he attended an English boarding school, and in 1872 entered Oxford. He soon decided to train himself to become a consulting detective, and before long he was starting to take cases. Except for a period when he was an actor, he pursued his chosen career thereafter and of course became famous after Dr. Watson started to write about him. This book reveals far more than Watson ever could, including the whole story of his running battle with the infamous Professor Moriarty, his dangerous brush with Jack with Ripper, his long association and love for Irene Adler, the question of his own son, and the story of his retirement, the writing of his great book, and the circumstances of his death. In short, this book contains everything that can be told about Holmes. It is a marvelous reconstruction from very scattered sources, and the amazing but always scrupulously accurate story of a great man.
Contents:
1: Genteel gypsies: 1854-64 --
2: Old Sherman, Winwood Reade, Maitre Bencin, and Professor Moriarty: 1864-72 --
3: Oxford and Cambridge: 1872-77 --
4: Montague Street: 1877-79 --
5: On stage and off in England and America: 1879-81 --
6: Early days on Baker Street: 1881-83 --
7: First Mrs Watson: 1883-86 --
8: Woman: November 1886-May 1887 --
9: Orange Pips, red-headed men, and a blue carbuncle: May-December 1887 --
10: Back to Baker Street: January 1888 --
Interruption: Three stories from the London Times: August 10, September 1, September 10, 1888 --
11: To meet Mr Mycroft Holmes: Wednesday, September 12, 1888 --
12: Sign of the four: Tuesday, September 18-Friday, September 21, 1888 --
13: Dr James Mortimer and Sir Henry Baskerville: Tuesday, September 25-Saturday, September 29, 1888 --
Interruption: Two stories from the London Times: October 1 and 2, 1888 --
14: Horror Hound: Sunday, September 30-Saturday, October 20, 1888 --
15: Jack the Harlot Killer: Friday, November 9-Sunday, November 11, 1888 --
16: Second Mrs Watson: 1819-90 --
17: Final problem? Friday, April 24-Monday, May 4, 1891 --
Entr'acte: Dr Watson, writer --
18: Meeting in Montenegro: June 1891 --
19: Venture into the unknown: 1891-93 --
20: Return of Sherlock Holmes: Thursday, April 5, 1894 --
21: Game's afoot again: 1894-95 --
22: Crowded years: 1896-1902 --
23: Third Mrs Watson: July 1902-October 1903 --
24: Sussex Downs: 1909 --
25: His last bow: Sunday, August 2, 1914 --
Epilogue: Sherlock Holmes walks at sunset: Sunday, January 6, 1957 --
Appendix 1: Chronological Holmes --
Appendix 2: Bibliographical Holmes: a selective compilation.

Title:Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street: A Life of the World's First Consulting Detective
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780517038178
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  • Oliver Baer

    An enjoyable read of Sherlock Holmes' biography as if he were a real person. I personally enjoyed how Baring-Gould threaded together the canon with what we now would call fan-fiction (the book was pub...

  • C.O. Bonham

    For a biography of a fictional person it really wasn't very interesting. The narritave is largely just paraphrasing of Doyle's adventures with a lot of speculation thrown in. If you do decide to read ...

  • M.R. Graham

    A fascinating piece of scholarship, expertly blending fact with surmise. Baring-Gould does an excellent job of untangling Watson's obfuscations, reading between the lines, and catching odd clues left ...

  • Anthony

    What an incredibly fun read. Yes, it's dry and clinical in spots, but what biography isn't? Baring-Gould clearly did his research, drawing from Conan Doyle's published stories of the Great Detective a...

  • Tim

    Late last night, I finished this singular title from Holmesian studies: Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street by the late W.S. Baring-Gould, a Holmesian scholar of note. (First published, 1962; this vintage...

  • Liz

    This is a pastiche biography of Sherlock Holmes which maps out a chronology of all of his adventures and includes Baring-Gould's headcanons about Holmes. I mostly read this for research purposes. Sinc...

  • Ron Chicaferro

    If you're a fan of the worlds first consulting detective then you might want to read this wonderful book, Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street by William S. Baring-Gould. The book was published in 1962 so ...

  • R. C.

    How can a story that's basically a clever compilation of "facts" from many other stories be so fascinating? My favorite part was reading the info on Holmes' dad that was actually lifted directly from ...

  • Kathy  Petersen

    I've been reading the entire Holmes collection chronologically by publication date; Baring-Gould has written this biography using the chronology of the cases themselves. This makes me want to start ov...

  • Erth

    now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page. The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the m...