5165Re: SHSI Contemporaries of Sherlock Holmes
- 25 AprThere were several fictional detectives around that time. I've read one
or two stories of Carrados. They're very nice.
My own personal favourite though is John Thorndyke by R. Austin
Freeman. A professor of forensic medicine, as I believe his creator was,
Thorndyke explains the science behind all his work in much more detail
than Holmes. It can make for tiring reading at times and Freemans rather
wooden prose doesn't help much either but I do enjoy it. Anyone who
wants a sample can get one of the books from the Internet Archive at
Many of the stories of the time were collected in a multi volume series
rather aptly called "The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes". I recently
managed to get a hardbound volume of the entire series from a local
bookstore and it's been good reading so far.
The stories were also adapted into a television series by the BBC with
the same name. It took some digging but I managed to get the set and
watch it. Considering that it was made in 1971/72, it has aged rather
well and I quite enjoyed it. There's one story with Max Carrados, two
with Dr. Thorndyke, two with Martin Hewitt (who is another nice
character), One with Lady Molly of the yard (who was, I think, the
first female fictional detective), two with Professor Van Dusen
aka. "the thinking machine" and lots more.
I highly recommend the stories and the TV series to all the people on
On Tue, Apr 25 2017, sumalsn wrote:
> 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
> 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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