Sherlockian.Net: The Red-Headed League

Jabez Wilson never got to the encyclopedia entry for “cheapskate.” Holmes did get the 2nd most dangerous man in London. #60in60

Basic information

Abbreviation (J. F. Christ, 1947): REDH
Word length (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960): 8,189
First published: Strand Magazine, August 1891
"The View Halloa", by Rosemary Michaud
[Jabez Wilson, Pawnbroker, est. 1854]

The producers of the BBC Sherlock series released this photo in February 2015, hinting that the Christmas special due later in the year will have something to do with “The Red-Headed League”.

Text available on-line

  • Gutenberg (
  • (Yoxley Old Place)

    Links of interest

  • Annotated version from Mission Critical
  • Story summary from McMurdo's Camp
  • Annotations by Rod Mollise
  • Stick figure animation
  • Text in reverse
  • Translation into Mando'a
  • “Which Game Is Afoot?” by Les Klinger and Tim Bourke
  • Storybites by Karen Bernardo
  • Mosdos Press curriculum materials
  • Mission: Critlcal — Analysis of "The Red-Headed League"
  • Teaser for BBC Sherlock series 4
  • How to Think
  • Myths, Legends, and Famous Red Hair
  • Red Heads & FrecklesRedhead World

    Redmond's Delicate Question

    The remarkable sight of London streets choked with red-headed men should have led to mentions in the daily newspapers, which scholars have unfortunately been unable to find. What kinds of explanations are most satisfactory for the absence of newspaper references to the events in Sherlock Holmes's cases?
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