The Secret Marriage of Sherlock Holmes, by Atkinson, Michael
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- ISBN: 9780472107100 | 0472107100
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 12/1/1996
The Secret Marriage of Sherlock Holmes rereads nine of Arthur Conan Doyle's detective fictions, using the tools of modern literary theory, from depth psychology to deconstruction. Bluebeard, the kundalini serpent, and Conan Doyle's mother pop up alongside Jung, Nietzsche, and Derrida as guides to new understandings of these classic stories. Each chapter treats a different tale from a distinct critical perspective."Michael Atkinson gives us literary criticism at its best; the sheer fun of watching a bold and imaginative reader breathe into well-loved, but well-worn, fictions new and enchanting life. Atkinson's mind races as nimbly as Holmes's own, and he makes the stories our hansom cab through human nature itself. A tour de force!" -- Norman Holland, University of Florida, author of Murder in a Delphi Seminar