Friday, April 13, 2012
The Curious Case of the Curious Sherlock Holmes Books
Among the zillions of books that star Sherlock Holmes are some decidedly offbeat titles. Then there are those works of nonfiction that somehow connect their subject to Holmes in one way or another, though sometimes this seems a bit forced. I recently wrote an article about some of the more curious of these titles, an article the appeared at the Criminal Element site.
As of May 2011, Guinness World Records claimed that Sherlock Holmes was “the most frequently recurring character on screen,” having been portrayed in 238 films. As far as books that chronicle Holmes and Watson’s adventures, there have been countless volumes published, in addition to those by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Trying to determine how many Holmes books there are may be an exercise in futility, one that recalls Lear’s quip, “that way madness lies.” One site lists more than 300 “novel pastiches in which Sherlock Holmes is at least one of the main characters” and literary luminaries from John Dickson Carr to Michael Chabon to Stephen King...