Jeremy Brett IS Sherlock Holmes

Holmes appears to be this rather cold and distant figure who holds the rest of humanity at arm’s length. But deep down I believe–much deeper down–he is a man of tremendous sensitivity and feeling.” –Jeremy Brett. The Bryan Times 8th September 1988.

Jeremy Brett IS Sherlock Holmes by Maureen Whittaker is an updated version of the Granada Sherlock Holmes section of the definitive performance biography, Jeremy Brett Playing a Part. Releasing for the Holidays, what better gift for that Sherlockian, or Holmesian, or Brettian fan on your list.

With a forward by David Burke, who portrayed and defined Jeremy’s first Watson and an afterward by Linda Pritchard. This book takes you through the decade that was the Granada Sherlock Holmes Series. The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, the successful play commissioned, created, written (with Jeremy Paul), and spectacularly performed by Jeremy Brett in the title role. With comments by Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Edward Hardwicke, Michael Cox, Rosalie Williams, John Hawkesworth, friends, cast members, and media of the day, and much, much more. This is a portrait of a magically gifted actor and the character he defined as more difficult to play than Hamlet or Macbeth.

“There is a tremendous delicacy in preserving Holmes in other people’s imaginations because there are a million different ways of seeing him. You try not to interfere with anybody’s image . . . the definitive Sherlock Holmes is really in everyone’s head. No actor can fit into that category because every reader has his own ideal.” –Jeremy Brett.

“The thing about him which is so magical is that when he’s on a case his mind is like quicksilver. As a mere mortal I use energy to compensate for my lack of genius in that genre. And I find it fascinating that someone can be that brilliant. I can only reach for it. I can’t do it. I can only reach for it. And I try and give the impression of the brilliance, the speed of his mind quite often by the speed of my movement.” ––Jeremy Brett. St. Lewis tapes.

Gretchen Altabef is the contributor of the history of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and of Sherlock Holmes for Jeremy Brett IS Sherlock Holmes. Also the book’s editor.

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3 thoughts on “Jeremy Brett IS Sherlock Holmes”

  1. And a great honor for me to be associated with Maureen’s book. Created with the same joy Jeremy Brett lived for. He said: “Life on earth is meant to be well lived and enjoyed at every possible moment.”–On the Wings of Paradise. To spread joy in other’s lives was foremost in everything he did.


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