1805) Two World-Class Detectives: Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot
 

Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot are not only two of the most well-known detectives in literature but also among the shrewdest and most entertaining.  In this course we will read and discuss several Sherlock Holmes adventures by Arthur Conan Doyle and several stories by Agatha Christie which feature Hercule Poirot. Students will gain an appreciation of what detective fiction is as a genre and of the importance of character, plot, setting, clues, evidence, and suspense in the making of a successful detective story.

The Sherlock Holmes stories for this course are from Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes or The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, which can be found in many public library collections or online sites such as Project Gutenberg (https://www.gutenberg.org).

The Hercule Poirot stories for this course are from Agatha Christie's Poirot Investigates, which can be found in many public library collections or online sites such as Project Gutenberg (https://www.gutenberg.org).

Please come to the first class having read Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Reigate Squires" (from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes).

Week 1: please read "The Adventure of the Reigate Squires" (from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes)

Week 2: please read Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual" (from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes). Recommended reading: "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" (from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes).

Week 3: please read Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches" (from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes).

Week 4: please read Agatha Christie's "The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor" (from Poirot Investigates). Recommended reading: Christie's "The Million Dollar Bond Robbery."

Week 5: please read Agatha Christie's "The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb," (from Poirot Investigates). Recommended Reading: Christie's "The Lost Mine."

Instructor: Hugo Walter has a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.A. from Old Dominion University, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Drew University. He is a continuing education instructor at Rutgers University.


Additional Information:
Class link will be emailed 12-24 hours prior to start of class.