The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

For fans of the world's greatest fictional detective.

Location: 221B Baker Street, London
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ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE: A BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL STUDY
by Christopher Roden

Although the world has chosen to remember Sir Arthur Conan Doyle chiefly for his creation of the fictional master detective, Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle's life, like the literary canvas he painted, was varied and highly interesting.

Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh on 22 May 1859. His mother, Mary, was of Irish extraction and traced her ancestry back to the famous Percy family of Northumberland and from there to the Plantagenet line. It is little wonder that the young Conan Doyle was told tales steeped in history which were to stand him in good stead when, in later years, he was to write his famous historical novels, The White Company, Sir Nigel, and Micah Clarke.

The Doyle family was a large one—Arthur was one of ten children, seven of whom survived to maturity—and life was difficult for his mother, who struggled to bring up the children on the income of some £240 a year provided by her husband Charles, who pursued an unambitious life as a civil servant. Charles Altamont Doyle was the youngest son of John Doyle, the caricaturist 'H.B.'. His brothers had all made something of a name for themselves: James wrote The Chronicles of England; Henry became manager of the National Gallery in Dublin; and Richard became famous as an artist, most well-known, perhaps, for his cover design for Punch.

Whilst Charles Doyle also had artistic talents, he exercised his skills only intermittently, and lack of drive led to the loss of his post in the Office of Works in Edinburgh. After this he lapsed steadily into alcoholism, and his epilepsy grew increasingly worse, so that he was institutionalized for the final years of his life, finally dying in 1893. [continue reading]

 

 

External Links of Interest

Official Website of Doyle's Literary Estate
Sir Conan Doyle.com
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on Wikipedia
Discovering Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on Archive.org
The Sherlock Holmes Museum
The Sherlock Holmes Society of London
Sherlock Holmes on Wikipedia
Sherlockian.net
The Singular Society of the Baker Street Dozen

 

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Thinking like Holmes

Started by Benjamin David. Last reply by Rhubarb Feb 23. 4 Replies

The Shelock Holmes books in hardback ?

Started by Harry P Flashman. Last reply by Frank Aug 11, 2011. 8 Replies

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Comment by Mike Wisbrock on May 21, 2013 at 10:35am

I've been haphazardly following the CBS Series "Elementary" hoping I could get my Holmes fix from it while I wait for "Sherlock" to come back to PBS.  It was ok.  Difficult to get past Lucy Liu, but ok, nonetheless.  However, the season finale came with Natalie Dormer starring as The Woman, who actually was an invention of Moriarty.  Yes, Irene Adler was Moriarty. 

 

I thought that an interesting bit of casting and a neat little twist that got me interested.  Anyone else have a comment? 

Comment by Jonny M W on January 14, 2013 at 2:38pm
Really enjoying the complete works at the moment, the language and the flow is beautiful. Love it.
Comment by Mike Wisbrock on May 7, 2012 at 3:09pm

Any thoughts from the panel on 'A Scandal in Belgravia'?

Comment by The Sage_KS on January 8, 2012 at 5:20pm

Does anyone happen to know what the brand of pipe Robert Downey Jr. is using on the newest Sherlock Holmes movie? I'd really like to get my hands on one!

Comment by Frank on August 11, 2011 at 11:07pm

Just finished Sherlock, the new BBC show yesterday and went out and bought a copy of the Complete Sherlock Holmes as I couldn't find any of my Holmes books and had an extra $20 on a gift card. Now I'm on a total Holmes binge. Watching all the stuff available through Netflix instant play, and will be renting the 2009 movie so I can see it again before the new one in December. I rather like the interpretation of Holmes in Sherlock and the new movies, though I've always thought of Holmes as more eccentric genius than stuffy highbrow society man.

Comment by Harry P Flashman on August 7, 2011 at 5:41pm

Trailer for the new one:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNxhpNpnAkk&feature=player_embedded

 

That do not look very canonical, to say the least. But I seriously enjoyed the first and looking forward to this one.

Comment by Jack Bauer on July 5, 2011 at 9:17pm
Comment by J Flores on June 16, 2011 at 4:46pm
Hey gents!  Just received the 12 disc set of the complete Granada series featuring Jeremy Brett as Holmes for Father's Day!  Thought this would be the best place to register my enthusiasm!
Comment by Harry P Flashman on July 2, 2010 at 3:19pm
I just picked up a rumour that Guy Ritchie is after Daniel Day Lewis for the role of Prof. Moriarty for the sequel of Sherlock Holmes.

That would be interesting...
Comment by Rabbi on May 31, 2010 at 11:51am
B'H

I tend to read the books about once a year. Each time, something new comes to mind. These works deserve all the acolades heaped upon them.
 

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