Sherlockian.Net: The Valley of Fear

Basic information

Abbreviation (J. F. Christ, 1947): VALL
Word length (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960): 57,881
First published: Strand Magazine, September 1914 through May 1915; Associated Sunday Magazines, September 20 through November 22, 1914. First book edition: George H. Doran Co., 1915. First British edition: Smith, Elder & Co., 1915.

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Vermissa Valley in real life: Eckley Miners' Village, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Linda Anderson.)
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    Links of interest

  • Story summary from McMurdo's Camp
  • The Pinkertons
  • The Molly Maguires
  • The Myth of the Molly Maguires
  • Whitaker's Almanack
  • Sherlockian.Net page about Professor Moriarty
  • A feud in the Idaho minefields
  • The Valley of Fear and Haunted Hayride, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

    Redmond's Delicate Question

    Part I: Does "the missing dumb-bell" rank with the dog who did nothing in the night-time for ingenuity, literary elegance, surprise and well-deserved fame? Is there something about negative capability (the absence of the dumb-bell, the silence of the dog) that makes a clue particularly characteristic of Sherlock Holmes?

    Part II: The great Sherlockian Bliss Austin, who owned the manuscript of The Valley of Fear, once said that Arthur Conan Doyle had written 61, not 60, great detective stories,a nd that "The Scowrers" could stand by itself as one of the finest detective novels ever written. Was he right? And, if so, what does that say about the structural integrity of The Valley of Fear as a whole?

    "The View Halloa", by Rosemary Michaud
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