Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in 1859 and died in 1930. He’s best known as the creator of the Sherlock Holmes. But here are five things about him that you may not know.
1 – Conan Doyle was a physician. He attended the University of Edinburgh Medical School and graduated in 1881 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Mastery of Surgery.
2 – He worked as a ship’s surgeon on a whaling vessel.
3 – Conan Doyle was not knighted for his Sherlock Holmes stories. The War in South Africa: Its Causes and Conduct caught the eye of the monarchy. In it, Conan Doyle comes to Great Britain’s defense against charges of war crimes in the Boer War.
4 – George Edalji was an innocent man convicted of mutilating and killing livestock. Who helped him prove his innocence? The case was solved by Arthur Conan Doyle. Sir Arthur solved two real-life crime cases, the George Edalji case and the Oscar Slater case.
5 – Conan Doyle believed in Spiritualism. It’s true. The man who created the ever-logical Sherlock Holmes believed in spirits and things like automatic writing.
You can learn more about all of these subjects at our partner site, Conan Doyle Info. As the site says, Sherlock Holmes is just the beginning.
A new Sherlock Holmes novel will hit bookstores in September. Art in the Blood is by Bonnie MacBird. She teaches screenwriting at UCLA Extension. MacBird is also a speaker on multiple subjects. She’s an expert on the topics of writing, creativity and of course, Sherlock Holmes.
“Thoroughly entertaining … worthy of Doyle himself. … a superb, labyrinthine plot, snappy pacing and, most importantly, a deep respect for the classic characters.” –Bryan Cogman, Co-Producer/Writer, HBO’s Game of Thrones
Our partner site, The Chronicles of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has as great quiz for the true Sherlockian. Yes, I hear you scoff, “How hard can that be?” Let me tell you, it’s pretty challenging! In this multiple choice game you’re given the first line to 10 of the stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Select the title that matches the first line from the drop down menu. I hope you enjoy The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Matching Quiz.
This is a book that I could really use! In Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes author Maria Konnikova combines the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with neuroscience and psychology. The result makes for interesting reading. It may also show us a way that we can improve our own thinking.
For Holmes aficionados and casual readers alike, Konnikova reveals how the world’s most keen-eyed detective can serve as an unparalleled guide to upgrading the mind.
How well do you know your Sherlock Holmes stories? A quiz at our partner site, The Chronicles of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, will separate the true Sherlockians from the casual mystery reader. The quiz features the first lines from 10 stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Your task, should you decide to accept it, is to match the first line of the story to the story title. Do you dare to take The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Quiz?
No doubt noticing the popularity of the Sherlock Holmes movies and the BBC’s Sherlock, CBS is planing to launch a TV show based on the Sherlock Holmes stories. It’s early days, but some details have been announced.
The tentative title of the show is Elementary.
Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Dexter) will be playing the role of Sherlock Holmes.
Lucy Liu (Ally McBeal, Charlie’s Angels) will be playing the role of Dr. Joan Watson.
Sherlock Holmes is at your service! Our partner site, The Chronicles of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has a fun feature that allows you to ask Sherlock Holmes a yes or no question. It’s fun and it’s addictive!
An updated edition of Sherlock Holmes On Screen is going to be released at the end of the month. However you an pre-order it now at Amazon.
Amazon has this to say:
Illustrated with rare archive pictures throughout, Sherlock Holmes on Screen is now updated with entries on the BBC’s modern-day Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and director Guy Ritchie’s all-action Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr – plus Sherlockian turns from Rupert Everett and Jonathan Pryce. Expanded coverage of Holmes’ animated escapades opposite, among others, Batman, Scooby-Doo and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, plus new research into the Great Detective’s silent film career, makes this revised edition the most comprehensive Holmes filmography ever published.
I was excited to hear the that second season of Sherlock recently started in the UK. (Season One is available in the US from Amazon.com.) However it sounds as though viewers got more than they bargained for with A Scandal in Belgravia. A headline from the The Telegraph states, “Sherlock nudity before the watershed shocks viewers” (In the UK watershed is a time period in the television schedule when adult content can be aired.) Yikes! I wonder what Conan Doyle would say?
Oh, how I wish I’d seen this before Christmas! I would have added the Literary Greats Paper Dolls Collection to my wish list. This paper doll set for grownups contains 35 caricatures of famous authors, including Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Ayn Rand, and Charles Dickens. Each doll has three costumes that relate to the author’s work. Fox example, the Conan Doyle doll has a Sherlock Holmes costume and Agatha Christie can be decked out as Miss Marple. Fun stuff!!