Professor Emeritus Michael Crowe of the Program of Liberal Studies gives a lecture on the genesis of the popular movement that treats Sherlock Holmes as a figure worthy of historical and not just literary study, which Ronald Knox launched. Prof. Crowe has recently edited and published a book of essays on the subject. A reception will follows the lecture.
Copies of Professor Crowe's book, Ronald Knox and Sherlock Holmes: The Origin of Sherlockian Studies, are available for purchase and autographing after the lecture.
Gasogene Books, the publisher, explains the background of Sherlockian Studies:
A popular pastime among followers of Sherlock Holmes is to treat his adventures as though they were real. Unique in all literature, this pursuit is known as the "Grand Game," an intellectual exercise played in order to discover a deeper knowledge of the tales by examining clues in the stories themselves, or by correlating the Sherlockian Canon with historical fact. It's an unprecedented phenomenon that began with one man—Monsignor Ronald Knox—and his 1912 essay "Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes."
But this wasn't Ronald Knox's only written work about Sherlock Holmes. Here you will find all five ground-breaking Sherlockian pieces by Ronald Knox. These classic works are sure to enhance the reader's enjoyment and understanding of The Great Detective. By providing documented (and sometimes surprising) answers to a perceptive series of questions, Michael Crowe reintroduces us to the very origin of "The Great Game" of Sherlockian Studies, a game that, as he says "brought the great detective back from the non-living."
About Knox on Holmes:
"I cannot help writing to you to tell you of the amusement—and also the amazement—with which I read your article on Sherlock Holmes. That anyone should spend such pains on such material was what surprised me."
—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
From a letter to Ronald Knox
"A special place of honor as the cornerstone work in any collection of Sherlockiana must certainly go to Father, later Monsignor, Ronald A. Knox for his 'Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes.'"