Davies, Ross E., Editor. Hoeflich, M. H., Editor. Holmes Reads Holmes: Reflections on the Real-Life Links Between the Jurist & the Detective in the Library, In the Courtroom, and on the Battlefield. 84 pp. Clark, New Jersey: Talbot Publishing, November 2020. ISBN-13: 9781616196479. ISBN-10: 1616196475. Hardcover. New. $24.95 * Starting in the Victorian Age, "Holmes" became a great name. First there was the best-selling essayist and poet Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Then, as the 19th century turned to the 20th, his son Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. rose to fame as a judge, and, almost simultaneously, Sherlock Holmes rose to fame as a detective. The careers of those three Holmeses, and their respective reputations in both literature and in law, intertwined over seven decades - from the Civil War in the 1860s to the Supreme Court during the Depression years of the 1930s - as they occasionally influenced or entertained each other, and sometimes even shared the public spotlight. The particulars addressed in this little volume cover a remarkable range. There is, for example, Justice Holmes's longstanding and largely unknown enthusiasm for - and commentary about - detective fiction in general, and the Sherlock Holmes stories in particular. Then there is the influence of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (father of Justice Holmes) on Arthur Conan Doyle (the creator of Sherlock Holmes). It is also worth mentioning the popularity of Sherlock Holmes among the great Justices of the Supreme Court in the early 20th century. And so on and so on.
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