14 Mar 2014
Instead of Sherlock Holmes parodies and pastiches, we look at three poems in praise of and poking some fun at the great detective.
The first, by journalist John Northern Hilliard, was published in 1922, was written after Holmes’ final retirement in “His Last Bow.” Next up is “The Great Goffus Mystery” by Herbert Kirk with art by Nate Collier. The last one is Carolyn Wells’ classic “Ballade of Baker Street” that appeared in a special Sherlock Holmes edition of Collier’s magazine. L’envoi, by the way, is a short stanza at the end of a poem that addresses a particular person.
Stories from the 223B casebook — stories published during Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s lifetime (plus later ones I liked) — are published here every Monday and Friday. The up-to-date list can be found here.
On a personal note, I have to confess that I have committed the crime of writing a Holmes pastiche of my own. “The Adventure of the Whyos” compounds the felony by adding Mark Twain as the writer, acting (albiet reluctantly) as Holmes’ Watson. The roughly 26-page story (8,000 words) also contains excerpts from my other books, and can be found at Amazon, Smashwords and other e-retailers.