Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Sexton Blake Redux
From Edwardian gentleman to WWI spy-catcher, saviour of the upper-classes to 1930's gang-buster, working man's hero to swinging sixties super-sleuth, Sexton Blake always moved with the times. His stories chronicle the changing face of Britain as the Empire crumbled, the class system broke down, and new technologies changed the social land-scape. No wonder he became, according to Dorothy L. Sayers, "the nearest approach to a 20th Century national folklore." — "Hero," Blakiana (HERE)
There was a time when everyone in the U.K. knew who Sexton Blake was. His name was deeply engrained in the British psyche; it signified everything we thought our empire stood for: honour, courage, strength, charity, moral righteousness and justice. Hindsight is rarely kind to empires; nor has it been kind to Blake. At best, he's been relegated to the status of a second-rate Sherlock Holmes; at worst, he's been forgotten.
~ Blakiana (HERE)
~ The Thrilling Detective (HERE)
~ Wikipedia (HERE)
~ Comic Book Plus (HERE)
~ The IMDb (HERE)
~ ROY GLASHAN'S LIBRARY (RGL) has recently been adding Sexton Blake short stories from the early 1900s—fifteen as of this moment; they usually run eight to twelve pages and can be downloaded as HTMLs or EPUBs. Go to "The Sexton Blake Collection" (HERE) and check back occasionally for new additions.