Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor of psychology at Alfred State College, is the author of a new book published by Gryphon Books (www.gryphonbooks.com ) of New York. Titled Vignettes of Sherlock Holmes, the book is a collection of scholarly essays dealing with the great detective from a variety of psychological, historical, and literary perspectives. The author focuses on the cognitive processes of deduction, induction, memory, perception, and creativity which are employed by Sherlock Holmes in his many criminal investigations.
Several of the essays in the anthology are related to literary rivals of Sherlock Holmes such as Inspector Blunt, Uncle Abner, and Detective-Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte. Other vignettes provide a fresh perspective on the real lives of such notables as Franklin Roosevelt, Eliot Ness, Cesare Lombroso, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Robert Ressler, and Allen Pinkerton. Readers will discover how the exploits of Sherlock Holmes are correlated with the lives of many other individuals, both actual and imaginary.
Dr. Kellogg has received grants from the SUNY Research Foundation to develop instructional materials on Sherlock Holmes and is the author of two previous books and numerous articles about Sherlock Holmes and his colleague, Dr. John Watson. He joined the Alfred State College faculty in 1970 after completing doctoral studies at the University of Rochester.