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Holmes’s Creator

Millions of words and one indelible character.

Apr 23, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 30 • By DIANE SCHARPER
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But that’s nothing, Dirda adds; his is merely an enthusiastic reader’s library. His friends in the Baker Street Irregulars have truly eye-popping collections, with one possessing a Conan Doyle desk blotter, someone else having a chip of wood from one of his bookshelves, and another owning Christmas ornaments fashioned for every story in the Holmes canon.

Is this silly? No, Dirda answers, it’s love—and judging from this brief but immensely entertaining book, it’s a love that many readers can understand.

Diane Scharper, professor of English at Towson University, is the author, most recently, of Reading Lips and Other Ways to Overcome a Disability.