Michael Dirda is the winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He has been an editor and writer for The Washington Post Book World for the past twenty years. His tasks range from writing reviews of literary fiction, intellectual history, children's
Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post book critic Dirda (Classics for Pleasure, 2007, etc.) provides a personal voyage around the creator of Sherlock Holmes and a prodigious variety of lesser-known heroes, worlds and volumes.
Most readers know that Arthur Conan Doyle, who never signed his books "Sir Arthur," thought so little of his most celebrated hero that he tried to kill him off. Read full book review >