Posts tagged acd.
The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot 1910
Arthur Conan Doyle, Memories and Adventures
Yeah, Doyle, dear, justice is done in the end, luckily… justice to Sherlock Holmes.
I was at an event last night in Beverly Hills at a private residence — our host had an amazing collection of historical autographs framed and hung on the walls throughout the home. Just outside one of the bathrooms, in between some amazing autographed material from the likes of Amelia Earhart, Walt Disney and George Bernard Shaw, I came upon this: a handwritten note from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, dated 29 March 1910 and politely declining an invitation from the Lord Mayor of London (and “Lady Mayoress”) to a Festival Dinner. (I politely suppressed a shriek…) Sent from Windlesham Manor in Sussex, where he lived/worked for many years - which is now a care home for the elderly (www.windlesham-manor.co.uk).
Manuscript for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)
Roses are red,
Violets are blue
I hate Sherlock Holmes
And all of you
Though Doyle is most famed for his Sherlock Holmes stories, he also wrote adventures and had a fascination with the paranormal after the untimely death of his son.
Just one more thing about Mr. Shreffler’s essay while I’m on the subject…
What’s with the idea that a reverence for Victoriana is what makes some Holmes fans better than others?
Setting aside the fact that those times most definitely did not represent “a gentler, more civilized world” for many people, it’s an insult to Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Sherock Holmes stories are full of adventures and characters that hold up impressively well a century after they were written. To say the manners and trappings of the original time period are what we should be focused on is like ignoring that artistic accomplishment to award Conan Doyle a medal earned for being alive in the year 1887.
“Really, Watson, you excel yourself,” said Holmes…
- The Hound of the Baskervilles
Let Us Go Then, You and I...: I am Teaching a Monthly Sherlock Holmes Course at the Center for Fiction! ›
Hey folks, I’m leading a Sherlock Holmes monthly discussion here in NYC this autumn, and the syllabus is now online! I can’t wait for it to start, and I hope for people with all sorts of familiarity with the canon to join our merry band. See below for my (one hopes) cunning plan for a…
New York area Sherlockians, Babe Lyndsay Faye is teaching a 4-session course on the canon and is vibrating out of her skin in glee…