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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is a book by Vincent Starrett originally published in 1933. It is considered the first book on Sherlock Holmes scholarship and a cornerstone of the study of Sherlockiana. It has been credited with jumpstarting the creation of Sherlockian Societies  It has been used as an inspiration and a reference for "biographies" of Sherlock Holmes such as Nick Rennison's 2005 Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography.

The book was dedicated to William Gillette, Frederic Dorr Steele, and Gray Chandler Briggs.

The book was revised and expanded in 1960 and republished by The University of Chicago Press and again in 1993 by Otto Penzler Books. A paperback edition of the University of Chicago edition, with a new introduction and epilogue, was published by Pinnacle Books in 1975. In 2008, a 75th Anniversary Edition of the book was published with a new introduction by author and Sherlockian expert Ray Betzner. In the 2008 edition's introduction, Betzner writes:

"The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes gave a permanent profile to the playful examination of the Holmes stories by blending literary criticism, historical analysis and childlike imagination with adult wish fulfillment. More than that, Private Life became a rallying point for those who dabbled in this playful criticism, encouraging others to make their Holmes devotion public. Over the years, it remained a beloved favorite and cornerstone work in any Holmes collection. Much of what has been written about Sherlock Holmes in the intervening 75 years can trace its roots back to this one book."

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Studies in Starrett: A blog dedicated to the works of Vincent Starrett with detailed articles on his Sherlockian works curated by Ray Betzner

The Complete Publication History Of "The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes": A 17 Chapter blog article by Ray Betzner on the history of the book's publication (Click New at the bottom of the article for next chapter)

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes at Wikipedia

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