William Gillette, America’s Sherlock Holmes, will be a featured event at the annual Gathering of Southern Sherlockians in the Sheraton Read House in Chattanooga, TN, April 21-22.
Sequestered in the Sheraton Read House, this year's Gathering will be graced by an unprecedented collection of famous Sherlockian authors, including Henry Zecher, author of the acclaimed biography, William Gillette, America’s Sherlock Holmes, with both his renowned slide program and books to sign and sell.
Other noted authors in attendance will be Dr. Tracy Revels (author of Shadowfalland Shadowblood), Dr. Dan Andriacco (author of Baker Street Beat, No Police Like Holmes and his new Holmes Sweet Holmes), and Thomas Wheeler (author of The London of Sherlock Holmes).
Organizers are also aware of other Sherlockian authors (e.g., David Marcum author of The Papers of Sherlock Holmes) who have expressed an interest in attending but who have not officially informed them of their firm intentions.
Attendees may order their books NOW and have them delivered in time to take them to Chattanooga to have the authors personally sign them. Books may be ordered directly from Classic Specialties from this link.
The Gillette biography may be ordered from Classic Specialties or directly from the author. See information below.
The Gillette slide program, which Zecher has been showing since its 1998 debut in Tryon, NC, has been acclaimed by many as the greatest special presentation ever seen at Sherlockian events. In the past year Henry as shown it in Dayton, OH, Hartford, CT, Tryon, NC, Toronto, Canada, Chicago, IL, and finally at From Gillette To Brett III in Bloomington, IN.
The William Gillette biography has been a big hit throughout the Sherlockian and theater worlds since its publication one year ago.
James Zeruk, biographer of the Hollywood Sign Girl, Peg Entwistle, reported, “Meticulously researched and footnoted, and jam-packed with many heretofore unknown aspects and insights into Gillette's private life and public career…, Zecher takes the reader on a journey that covers Gillette's ups and downs with honesty and integrity.”
In addition to being a biography of a great actor, Zeruk observed that “it is also a wonderful history of a great era and of the pioneers of America's great moments in the footlights on America's stage!”
Matt Sanders, one of the Gillette Castle tour guides who anxiously awaited the book, concluded that, “Zecher has done a very good job given the scope of his task. Though the book may be over-long, no fault of that lies with the man's prose, which possesses a really keen humor that would have made his subject proud. He keeps a very fair hand by sharing the bad reviews as well as the good, and is completely forthright with the fact that, while Gillette was immensely popular and laudable, he was not a very good playwright. When it comes right down to it, even his acting was largely limited to one stoic, unflappable role. Nonetheless, the reader comes away with a new appreciation for an American icon they didn't even know they had forgotten. Gillette was a man who inspired generations of theater goers and theater makers and created an image so iconic that even Orson Welles was forced to admit that, "Sherlock Holmes looks exactly like William Gillette."
If you wish to order any of the books mentioned above to bring to the event for signing, they may be ordered from Classic Specialties.
Anyone wishing to purchase William Gillette, America’s Sherlock Holmes, may order either from Classic Specialties or from Henry Zecher on Paypal at <email@example.com>.
Anyone who would like it inscribed should indicate to whom it is to be inscribed and what, if anything in particular, you would like written.
Cost: Hardback - $29.99; softcover - $19.99.
Wisconsin residents pay $5% sales tax.
Shipping (Media Mail) and handling are free.
E-book versions may be purchased online at Amazon.com.
For more information about the Gathering of Southern Sherlockians, Kent Ross by email Here.