Sherlock Holmes: From Popular Read To Pop Culture – Mark Alberstat

Seniors’ College Association of Nova Scotia
Public Presentation
2024 Winter Term

Sherlock Holmes: from Popular Read to Pop Culture
Created in the late Victorian era, Sherlock Holmes, the world’s first consulting detective as he described himself, has become a global phenomenon. From Sesame Street to blockbuster movies, Holmes casts a long shadow over literature, entertainment, and popular culture. This lecture will explore the creation of Holmes including an examination of the original stories, such as The Hound of the Baskervilles, one of English literature’s best-loved detective stories; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the detective, as well as a mountain of other fiction and non-fiction; and Holmes’s place in the world today. The game’s afoot!

Mark Alberstat is a recently retired IT professional. The last 15 years of his career he spent in the provincial government creating and maintaining public-facing websites. Mark has been a Sherlock Holmes fan since his early teens and now edits and writes on Holmes and Conan Doyle regularly, as well as presenting topics at conferences and meetings around the world.


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