Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography
October 8th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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He has been called a genius and a fraud, a hero and an addict. He advised kings in their glittering palaces, then disappeared into the darkest alleys of London’s criminal underworld. He was (and remains) a global icon, but he could pass his most ardent fan on the street without a flicker of recognition. Who was this Sherlock Holmes? With an attention to detail that would make his subject envious, Nick Rennison gathers the clues of a life lived among the stars of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, from Oscar Wilde to Sigmund Freud, and uncovers startling, previously unknown information. How did a Cambridge drop-out and bit player on the London stage transform himself into a renowned “consulting detective”? Did he know the identity of “Jack the Ripper”? When did Holmes and his nemesis Professor Moriarty first cross paths? To where did Sherlock Holmes disappear after his presumed “death” in 1891? Sherlock Holmes answers these questions and many more as it careens through the most infamous crimes and historic events of the era, all in pursuit of the real man behind the greatest detective in modern fiction—and, just perhaps, non-fiction.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press; 1st edition (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871139472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871139474
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Follow the making of the Great Detective

 on May 30, 2015
By resqspc
A well written biography that starts on the premise that the Great Detective, his friends, and his world were real (forgive me for suggesting otherwise). The author does a magnificent job of meshing the real world of 19th century Europe with the canon's 19th century Europe., while maintaining the pretense of a work of nonfiction, in both style and narrative. Very hard not being disappointed that it was a work of fiction...strongly recommended for the devoted Holmesian and the new fan alike.

Fantastic work of art

 on March 12, 2012
By Alac
I am a fan of nearly everything Sherlock, and this book was by far my favorite. I read it all in one sitting because it was so engrossing I couldn't put it down! It is a scholarly read though, much like a textbook or biography ought to be, so it won't be for everyone on that basis alone. But I thought it was an ingenious piece of literature and I immediately wanted to re-read it just to sort out what was fact from fiction. The two meshed together so well in this book. I was very impressed. The only thing I wish could have been done would have been the inclusion of some photographs, to give it just that much more of a realistic feeling. But overall, it was phenomenal; the sort of book I would gladly give five stars to and high praise to the author. I will be recommending this book to anyone I meet who is as much of a Sherlock fan as I am. This is a must-read!!

Believe

 on January 2, 2014
By KAN
The unqualified non-fiction style, married with the unwitting (?) Watsonian tone make this a delightful journey into a reality just a slight trick of the mind away from our every day one. If in reading the mysteries, you ever wished you could step into Holmes' world, this book is for you.

Sherlock Holmes

One person found this helpful.
 on January 27, 2011
By Culver
I love the book , it is a great work . All the facts are there and a great story. I will enjoy this one for a long time.

The man who almost was

8 people found this helpful.
 on November 25, 2010
By Benjamin
In a sweeping triumph of an unavoidably pretentious narrative, Mr. Rennison delivers as solid an attempt to transmogrify the fictional detective into a living hero of Victorian contrasts as any is likely to achieve. Does this mean that the work is flawless? My question is: what would that even mean in a work of this kind? Would it mean that the author agrees with all my interpretations of Holmes, the legend? If I believed that I am the standard of correctness in depicting Holmes, then I would be a little too arrogant for my own good, and certainly guilty of the one thing Holmes always denigrated: theorizing before I had all the facts. Rennison shows quite clearly the quality of "facts" that are available to us in Watson's accounts of Holmes' adventures and, as he demonstrates, many of the names and dates were changed to protect the innocent. So it isn't easy to say just how perfectly "accurate" Mr. Rennison's final product really is. One thing is certain, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

The man who almost was

4 people found this helpful.
 on November 10, 2010
By Benjamin
In a sweeping triumph of an unavoidably pretentious narrative, Mr. Rennison delivers as solid an attempt to transmogrify the fictional detective into a living hero of Victorian contrasts as any is likely to achieve. Does this mean that the work is flawless? My question is: what would that even mean in a work of this kind? Would it mean that the author agrees with all my interpretations of Holmes, the legend? If I believed that I am the standard of correctness in depicting Holmes, then I would be a little too arrogant for my own good, and certainly guilty of the one thing Holmes always denigrated: theorizing before I had all the facts. Rennison shows quite clearly the quality of "facts" that are available to us in Watson's accounts of Holmes' adventures and, as he demonstrates, many of the names and dates were changed to protect the innocent. So it isn't easy to say just how perfectly "accurate" Mr. Rennison's final product really is. One thing is certain, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

THIS is BIOGRAPHY!

6 people found this helpful.
 on October 17, 2009
By Henry Zecher
I've been a Sherlockian most of my life, and I've read many, many books on Holmes. I have not yet, however, read a true biography of Holmes to match this one. Rennison is a marvelous researcher and writer who blends the fictional Holmes and Watson into the very real world of the late 19th and early 20th centuries amazingly well, and spins an ingenious tale so worth reading it makes you wish he had written it sooner. I was amazed at the connections he made, and the conclusions he drew, and the way he simply told the story with such colorful detail he makes you feel as if you are there. I didn't like every single conclusion he reached, i.e., I always liked it that Holmes and Irene Adler had a son, and I liked it that, in Baring-Gould's biography (published in 1962), he lived longer; but that is personal preference, not literary criticism, and Rennison's conclusions are, it must be said, more in keeping with Holmes' character and hang-ups. Baring-Gould's biography of Holmes was good, but it is weak and shallow next to this one. This is true biography, and very well-done.

A new twist?

5 people found this helpful.
 on January 20, 2007
By MJZ
I've been a Sherlock Holmes fan as far as I can remember and I've read my share of stories beyond the Canon, but am no means a scholar, so perhaps this idea has been done before and I was not aware of it. This is such a well written and though out bio on a man who never lived, but Rennison does a beautiful job of breathing life into Holmes and making him feel very real indeed. He helps fill in some of the gaps and give some very plausable explanations of some of Watson's little errors from the dates of events to his war wound(s) and even his wives. It also goes into to Moriarty, and Col. Moran, as well as Mycroft. It's a well rounded book and I am really impressed that Rennison was able to give Holmes a family and a "history" by the little info in the Canon. It's very obvious that Rennison is passionate about his subject. He could not have written such a convincing biography if he wasnt. If you want to read a great book about the man, this would be the one.

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