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The Best of Sherlock Holmes
In the Sherlock Holmes story "Silver Blaze," Inspector Gregory famously asked Holmes "Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
Conan Doyle wrote a Sherlock Holmes parody as a special gift for Queen Mary's Dolls' House, and a clever new book reproduces the miniature manuscript.
The British Library and the University of Chicago Press have published "Dangerous Work" – Conan Doyle's Diary of an Arctic Adventure, including a manuscript facsimile, annotated transcription, and related material. Conan Doyle made many drawings for his journal, as shown in this large photo of Conan Doyle's 1880 Whaling Diary on the SS Hope.
Anna Conan Doyle, widow of the son of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, bequeathed a number of Sir Arthur's manuscripts to the Toronto Public Library in Canada. Her estate delivered three of them to the library in 2010. Read about "The Crown Diamond" manuscript and others at Toronto.
Conan Doyle was born May 22, 1859. Harvard marked his sesquicentennial with a Symposium and Exhibition, and there were many other events, news reports, and radio programs for Conan Doyle's 150th birthday.
The Mystery Writers of America declared a volume of Conan Doyle's private letters to be the best critical / biographical book of the year. See details and a book review of Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters. Some of these letters came from an important collection of his papers and personal effects sold by Conan Doyle's heirs in 2004. Now there is a revised Census of The Conan Doyle Collection with Ownership Records for these auction lots.
Basil Rathbone's first two Sherlock Holmes films appeared in 1939, and the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto showed them in a double-feature on August 25-27, 2009. See the Stanford Theatre and Sherlock Holmes page for details on this and their prior Holmes Film Festival.
London's Sunday Telegraph calls Andrew Lycett's new Conan Doyle biography "hugely enjoyable" and "impeccably researched" while The Sunday Times of London says it's "undoubtedly the best account of Doyle to date." Novelist William Boyd chose it as his book of the year and the Mail on Sunday said it's "a model biography: lucid, fair, and unfailingly readable." The just-published American edition, The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes: The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Andrew Lycett includes corrections and new material not in the British edition. It's one of my recommended top books about Conan Doyle, and it's available on Amazon.
Do you remember reading about the case of the Giant Rat of Sumatra? Unfortunately Dr. Watson never provided the details to this or many other cases mentioned in the original stories. Now a poll of Sherlockian experts has identified the most interesting of these unreported cases. See the Best Untold Tales of Sherlock Holmes for details.
Holmes is everywhere on the Internet, but what about computer products related to Holmes and Conan Doyle? The first complete computerized version of the Holmes stories appeared in 1987 and there have been a number of different editions since then. The e-World of Sherlock Holmes section on this website covers all sorts of Sherlockian computer products. It includes an In-Depth Review of the Sherlock Holmes Journal e-SHJ CD as well as Tips for Using the e-SHJ.
Steve Clarkson was a mentor to many who studied and discussed the Holmes stories. He will be sorely missed. Paul Churchill delivered an excellent eulogy that vividly describes both the Sherlockian and the man. See a list of Steve's writings and read his essay on "My First Meeting with Sherlock Holmes."
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