Larry Millett, a Twin Cities author who turned his love of history and Victorian literature into the Sherlock Holmes in Minnesota series, will discuss his mystery novels at a 7 p.m. lecture Wednesday, Dec. 12. The lecture will be held in the Woulfe Alumni Hall of the Anderson Student Center, located on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Larry Millett

The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the university’s English Department, home to the scholarly journal Victorian Periodicals Review as well as two new classes related to the Victorian era.

Those planning to attend the event are asked to register ahead of time here.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with poster presentations by St. Thomas undergraduate English majors who have been studying the Victorian mystery genre. Their work will be reviewed by graduate students in Dr. Alexis Easley’s Professional Editing course.

A Victorian-themed reception and book-signing will follow Millett’s lecture.

Millett will discuss his contribution to Victorian studies, the six-volume series that began in 1996 with his novel Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon. He will detail the processes of research, writing and editing involved in book publication and will discuss one of his current projects, a fictionalized account of a real-life murder mystery from the early 2oth century.

Dr. Alexis Easley

Dr. Alexis Easley

“St. Thomas is located at the heart of a city that grew up during the 19th century, so it makes sense that it is here we celebrate all things Victorian,” said Easley, a scholar of Victorian journalism who earlier this year became editor of Victorian Periodicals Review.

One of five academic journals edited by faculty members in St. Thomas’ College of Arts and Sciences, Victorian Periodicals Review was established in 1968 and covers the editorial and publishing history of magazines, newspapers and journals from that era. It is the official journal of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals and is published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.