Puget Sound English Department

July 6, 2009

A Guide to the London of Sherlock Holmes


(image of Wheeler’s book, courtesy amazon.com)

As the newspaper, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, noted in an article on page B-1 (July 4), Memphis resident Thomas Wheeler has published a new edition of his Finding Sherlock’s London, which is a guide to over 300 sites mentioned  in Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories and novels featuring Holmes.  (The article is by Jody Callahan.)

Like a lot of cities worldwide, Memphis has its own Sherlock Holmes club, which happens to be called “the Giant Rats of Sumatra” (taken from a tale [so to speak], of course), and Wheeler is a longtime member.  However, Wheeler is quoted as saying that he composed the book “not so much as a fan of Sherlock Holmes but as someone who could help fans of Sherlock Holmes.”

Callahan’s article also notes that the most recent film adaptation of the Holmes narratives is the soon-to-be released Sherlock Holmes, directed by Guy Ritchie.


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