Washington Post’s Michael Dirda wins Edgar Award

Washington Post Columnist, Michael Dirda.

Washington Post Columnist, Michael Dirda.

Dirda’s book, published by Princeton University Press, describes the 63-year-old’s lifelong obsession with the creator of Sherlock Holmes, which began when Dirda, as a fifth-grader, read “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

A review in The Post last year said, “Dirda intertwines his experiences as a young fan and now a member of the Baker Street Irregulars with an erudite tour of Conan Doyle’s life and other writings. He makes a compelling case for the value of the author’s supernatural, historical and science fiction — if not his treatises on spiritualism, which Conan Doyle valued more than his fiction.

 
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