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Seventeen Steps to 221b : a Sherlockian Collection by English Writers: Otto Penzler's Sherlock Holmes Library Paperback – 31 Jul 1994

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Product details

  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD; Reissue edition (31 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883402727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883402723
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,093,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Stevenson on 8 July 2013
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The title for this book comes from a short passage in 'A Scandal in Bohemia', where Sherlock Holmes gives the faithful Doctor Watson a lesson in the difference between simply seeing as distinct from observing. Watson has climbed the steps up to the sitting room at 221b Baker Street more than once but can't say how many there are. Holmes has also climbed them but knows there are seventeen steps in all. Watson has seen, but Holmes has both seen and observed. Whatever the rationale behind this, there are seventeen essays in this book, all by famous Sherlockians. Mgr. Ronald Knox and his brother E.V. Knox are there, along with Professor S.C. Roberts, Dorothy L. Sayers, A. A. Milne and Lord Donegall, President of the first Sherlock Holmes Society of London. And a story by Adrian Conan Doyle about 'Wilson the Canary Trainer'is well worth reading.
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