‘Nothing like first-hand evidence’: Jonathan Cranfield’s latest book published

‘Nothing like first-hand evidence’: Jonathan Cranfield’s latest book published

Last month saw the publication of LJMU English's Jonathan Cranfield's latest book, Arthur Conan Doyle and the Strand Magazine, 1891-1930, as part of the Edinburgh Critical Studies in Victorian Culture series with Edinburgh University Press. Professor Douglas Kerr of the University of Hong Kong notes how the 'partnership between Arthur Conan Doyle and The Strand Magazine developed into one of the most successful collaborations in publishing history. In telling its story, Jonathan Cranfield's fascinating book shows the vital part it played in the formation of a modern readership and culture'. The book is about reimagining Arthur Conan Doyle as an active participant in the twentieth century. Jon said, 'We have developed a habit of imagining that all the "Victorian" writers ceased doing anything of importance after Queen Victoria died. Fortunately she was not like the big spaceship in Independence Day and all the other "Victorians" did not spontaneously combust upon her departure'. The book charts the ways in which Conan Doyle and other lesser-known writers in The...
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Dr Jon Cranfield and the Holmesian Phenomenon

Dr Jon Cranfield and the Holmesian Phenomenon

Jon Cranfield's new book, co-edited with Tom Ue, received an excellent review in the Guardian this week. Sherlock Holmes is part of a series called Fan Phenomena which explores how enduring cultural icons are continually reinvented by their fans. The essays cover a wide range of these creative reinterpretations, from Steampunk iPad apps to Shakespeare and including, of course, the most recent television reappearance, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Jon's own chapter in the book is entitled 'Sherlock Holmes: Fan Culture and Fan Letters'. Look out for a copy arriving soon in the Aldham Robarts Library....
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