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25/6/12

alright, LISTEN UP EVERYONE! IT’S TIME FOR:

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or WHY YOU SHOULD GET INTO THE RAFFLES FANDOM AND HOW

THE BACKGROUND AND BASICS: 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (I’m assuming if you’re on my blog you know who this is, if not WHY ARE YOU HERE?) he had a brother in law named Ernest William Hornung who was an author too! talk about a talented family!
And Hornung was such a fan of his bro’s Sherlock Holmes stories he decided to create a pair of characters who would be the criminal inversion of Holmes and Watson. He even dedicated the book to Conan Doyle with

To 
A. C. D. 
This form of flattery.

And so the Raffles Stories were born!
look at all this Holmesian influence:

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Doyle was encouraging of his brother in law’s writing and even tried to show that Holmes is capable of breaking the law too with “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton" which seems like a very direct response to the Raffles series.

Also P.G Woodehouse has kids reading Raffles stories in both his Psmith and Jeeves series.

Also in Cabin Pressure Carolyn calls Douglas Raffles for his constant stealing of the expensive whisky.

So just who are these Raffles and Bunny Chaps and what are they like?:

A.J Raffles is the original gentleman thief, back when having a criminal as your hero was frowned upon. He has two passions in life: Crime and Cricket, and he excels at both. He is a charmer of women, lover of the arts (and probably a part of the aesthetic movement), and incredibly loyal and generous to his friends. He makes a point of only stealing from the selfishly rich and careless, and is genuinely short on money enough that without stealing he would no longer be a gentleman.

Harry “Bunny” Manders is an old friend of his who used to fag for him for school… that means he cleaned his stuff and acted like a servant to Raffles, however if you thought Holmes and Watson had a subtextual relationship just wait till you get a load of Raffles and Bunny! Bunny is incredibly loyal and would do anything for Raffles. And that’s not just because Raffles saved him at the start of the series, that’s how Bunny is. Bunny faithfully biographs Raffles’ adventures

What does this series include?:

Four books in this order, the first three are short story collections and the last is a short novel.

  1. The Amateur Cracksman 
  2. The Black Mask 
  3. A Thief in the Night
  4. Mr. Justice Raffles

Adaptations? Pastiches?:

several! As wikipedia will show.image

WHERE TO READ AND OTHER RESOURCES:

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will add anything more if I find it

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