Reading Group: Sherlock Holmes

Date / Time

  • April 9, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 23, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 30, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 7, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States


Tuition for this reading group is $250.
To register please call (215) 732-1600, ext. 100 or e-mail [email protected].

Rosenbach members at the Contributor level and above will receive a 10% discount on tuition.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is the most iconic fictional detective ever created. Sherlock’s fingerprints can be found across the mystery detective genre in print, film, and television. In this reading group—offered as a companion to the Rosenbach exhibition Clever Criminals and Daring Detectives—participants will read a selection of stories including “The Final Problem” and “The Empty House”; two short novels, “Sign of Four” and “Hound of the Baskervilles”; as well as the first Dupin story by Edgar Allan Poe, a precursor to Holmes. Guided by group leader Edward G. Pettit and including access to related materials from the Rosenbach collection, this group is sure to be a lively and enlightening experience for first-time readers as well as Baker Street regulars.

Sherlock Holmes Reading Group Syllabus

About the Instructor

Edward G. Pettit is a Philadelphia writer, professor, book reviewer, and all-around literary provocateur. He lectures extensively on 19th-century literature. Recently, he was a featured commentator in an episode of Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, which focused on life in the city in the 1840s. Pettit has led reading groups for the Rosenbach on Edgar Allan Poe and Jane Austen, and was recently appointed Manager of Public Programs at the Rosenbach.