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5164RE: SHSI Contemporaries of Sherlock Holmes

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  • Tim Symonds
    Apr 25, 2017

      Sumalsn, this is very interesting information about Carrados. By coincidence, I heard recently that it simply isn’t true that when a person goes blind the other senses such as hearing sharpen up greatly to compensate.  Can anyone confirm or refute the belief the hearing grows more acute, for example?




      From: SherlockHolmesSocietyofIndia@... [mailto:SherlockHolmesSocietyofIndia@...] On Behalf Of sumalsn
      Sent: 25 April 2017 05:39
      To: SherlockHolmesSocietyofIndia@...
      Subject: SHSI Contemporaries of Sherlock Holmes



      Dear Holmesians,


      There were many contemporaries of Sherlock Holmes who never achieved the renown he had.   


      One of the prominent  contemporaries was Max Carrados created by Ernest Bramah, perhaps the first ever blind detective, in a series of popular stories for the Strand Magazine. 

      Although Carrados is blind, his other senses – especially his hearing – have more than made up for his lack of sight, and he can read newspaper print by touch and hear things which others are all but deaf to.

      The Max Carrados stories appeared alongside Sherlock Holmes  in the Strand Magazine, in which they often had top billing, and frequently outsold his eminent contemporary at the time, even if they failed to achieve the longevity of Holmes

      George Orwell declared them to be, along with Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes canon and R. Austin Freeman’s stories, the only detective stories since Poe  that are worth re-reading’.  




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