RE: RARA-AVIS: Re: Holmes

From: Anthony Dauer (
Date: 02 May 2002

I think Sherlock Holmes is hardboiled within the context of his time and softboiled within the context of ours (Marlowe and the rest slipping to when put within the context of our time).

Anthony Dauer
Alexandria, Virginia

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There is a lot about Holmes which, if you are well read in the turn-of-the-century novel, seems to echo modern hb stuff. He is NOT cosy. But the judgement that you make about him needs to be balanced and conditional; he is really a 19th century figure, not even 20th century. He doesn't quite fit, and sweeping judgements will almost inevitably miss the mark.

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