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The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont

Robert Barr

Holmes meets Poirot with a touch of Clouseau!

Eugene Valmont, is a French master detective who eventually retires from his government role and sets up a private practice in London. This collection showcases Valmont, a brilliantly ironic parody of Sherlock Holmes and the stories featuring him combine a playful humour with mystery and quasi-Gothic thrills and romantic adventure.

From the hilarious satire on the sensational fiction in The Siamese Twin of a Bomb-Thrower to the bizarre melodrama of The Ghost with the Club-Foot, Barr's stories are a delight.

This yellowback edition also includes as bonus material two parodies of Sherlock Holmes that Barr wrote.

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 286
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357312332
  • Price : INR 399
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Robert Barr

Robert Barr (16 September 1849 21 October 1912) was a British-Canadian short story writer and novelist, born in Glasgow, Scotland. Robert Barr emigrated with his parents to Upper Canada at age four and was educated in Toronto at Toronto Normal School. Barr became a teacher and eventual headmaster of the Central School of Windsor, Ontario. While a teacher he began to contribute short stories often based on personal experiences to the Detroit Free Press. In 1876 Barr quit his teaching position to become a staff member of that publication, in which his contributions were published with the pseudonym "Luke Sharp." Barr was promoted by the Detroit Free Press, eventually becoming its news editor.

In 1881 Barr relocated to London, to establish there the weekly English edition of the Detroit Free Press. In 1892 he founded the magazine The Idler, choosing Jerome K. Jerome as his collaborator (wanting, as Jerome said, "a popular name"). He retired from its co-editorship in 1895. In London of the 1890s, Barr became a more prolific author publishing a book a year and was familiar with many of the best-selling authors of his day, including Bret Harte and Stephen Crane. Most of his literary output was of the crime genre, then quite in vogue. When Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories were becoming well-known Barr published in the Idler the first Holmes parody, 'The Adventures of Sherlaw Kombs' (1892), a spoof that was continued a decade later in another Barr story, 'The Adventure of the Second Swag' (1904) both included in this edition. Barr notwithstanding the parodies was a friend of Conan Doyle.

Robert Barr died from heart disease on October 21, 1912, at his home in Woldingham, a small village to the southeast of London.

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