[Book Nerd News] Arthur Conan Doyle/Edgar Allan Poe

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A Year in Books/Day 44: Good Old Index

  • Title: Good Old Index The Sherlock Holmes Handbook
  • Author: Thomas W. Ross
  • Year Published: 1997 (Camden House)
  • Year Purchased: 2002/2003
  • Source: Edward R. Hamilton Bookseller Company
  • About: Every single thing you could ever want or need to know about Sherlock Holmes, except, perhaps, which actor best embodies the timeless sleuth.
  • Motivation: Although I am not an obsessive Holmes fanatic, I am quite the ardent reader. I also love lists and encyclopedias.
  • Times Read: Cover-to-cover: 1/As consulting tool: countless

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  • Random Excerpt/Page 62: “Epithets, for Holmes, hurled at him by scoffers: see busybody; cocksure; jack-in-office; theorist; clever.”
  • Happiness Scale: 7

A Year in Books/Day 6: Arthur Conan Doyle A Life in Letters

  • Title: Arthur Conan Doyle A Life in Letters
  • Edited by: Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower & Charles Foley
  • Year Published: 2007 (The Penguin Press New York)
  • Year Purchased: 2011
  • Source: Dollar Tree
  • About: A biography-through-letters of the struggling medical man turned world famous writer.
  • Motivation: Letter writing, once the definitive mode of communication for millions, is a nearly obsolete art. It is also the straightest path to the real feelings, opinions and events of a person’s life. When creating Sherlock Holmes is only one of many odd and diverse accomplishments for that person, then the straightest path is by far the best.
  • Times Read: 1
  • Random Excerpt/Page 192: “Dear Mrs. Boismaison- Though I am forced to send in my bills at regular intervals in order to keep my books square, I need hardly say that there is not the slightest reason for your settling them until it entirely suits your convenience. Hoping that you are keeping well, I remain Very sincerely yours A. Conan Doyle, MB CM”.
  • Happiness Scale: 10 (9 for content with a bonus point awarded because I read the
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    book on my honeymoon)