Discovering Sherlock Holmes grew out of Stanford's recent Discovering Dickens project. In 2002, Discovering Dickens began as a small project that meant to introduce the Stanford community to the fascination of serial reading; by 2005, it was a large and robust program whose readers came from across the country and around the world. More than 15,000 readers joined us to read Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, and Hard Times in weekly installments
In 2006, we offered a different experience of serial reading: a collection of stories and a novel by Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. Over 13,400 readers signed up for the first year of tales featuring Conan Doyle’s master detective. In 2007, we will offer facsimiles of a dozen more Holmes and Watson stories. After that…who knows?
Each issue, both in paper copy and on the website, is accompanied by notes, contemporary maps, and illustrations that we hope will make the text more accessible and more immediate to the 21st-century reader. Your gift will help sustain this project by defraying some of the costs of printing and mailing.
Thank you for your interest and support!