The Pursuit of the House-Boat

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The Pursuit of the House-Boat
Pursuit of the house boat.jpg
Front cover of the first edition
Author John Kendrick Bangs
Illustrator Peter Newell[1]
Country United States
Series Associated Shades
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Harper & Brothers
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 204 pp
OCLC 225196
LC Class PZ3.B224 Pu PS1064.B3[2]
Preceded by A House-Boat on the Styx
Followed by The Enchanted Type-Writer

The Pursuit of the House-Boat is an 1897 novel by John Kendrick Bangs, and the second one to feature his Associated Shades take on the afterlife.

The original full title was The Pursuit of the House-Boat: Being Some Further Account of the Divers Doings of the Associated Shades, Under the Leadership of Sherlock Holmes, Esq.[1] and it has also been titled In Pursuit of the House-Boat and Pursuit of the House-Boat.

There are 12 chapters in the book. They were first published as a serial, under the full-title and including the Newell illustrations, in Harper's Weekly from February 6 to April 24, 1897.[3]

Plot summary[edit]

After the House-Boat was hijacked by Captain Kidd at the end of A House-Boat on the Styx, the various members of its club decided that in order to track it down, a detective would have to be called in. So they hired Sherlock Holmes, who, at the time of the book's publication, had indeed been declared dead by his creator.


  1. ^ a b Catalog record (New York: Harper, 1897). HathiTrust Digital Library ( Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  2. ^ "The pursuit of the house-boat". LC Online Catalog. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
      Links include electronic copy at HDL.
  3. ^ "The Pursuit of the House-Boat". Harper's Weekly, vol. 41 part 1 (Jan-Jun 1897), pp. 136–37 and passim.
      Page 136 (February 6, 1897), from original at Pennsylvania State University, at HathiTrust Digital Library ( Retrieved 2016-09-02.
  • Bleiler, Everett (1948). The Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Chicago: Shasta Publishers. p. 40. 

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