Andrew Lycett

Elementary Deduction

Sherlock Holmes: The Biography


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Monsignor Ronald Knox, sometime Roman Catholic chaplain at Oxford University (and the most brilliant of the four Knox brothers), kick-started the still booming Sherlock Holmes industry in 1911. Satirising a certain type of literalist biblical criticism, his Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes analysed the text of Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories to show inconsistencies, which he partially attributed to the drinking of Holmes’s amanuensis, Dr John H Watson.

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