To celebrate the new season of Sherlock (BBC) I thought it would be a good idea to write a post filled with Arthur Conan Doyle treats. It’s the kind of post I, as a bookworm, love. I think I might have read every Sherlock story back-to-front so many times I just can’t keep count of how many times.
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I still find it fascinating how Doyle felt about Sherlock. He actually disliked the fact that Sherlock Holmes was his biggest earner. The commercial success of stories he perceived to be mediocre and not a good representation of his intellectual capacity or writing skills.
This if course is the real reason Doyle decided to kill Sherlock off. This decision was met by dismay and a great uproar from his fans and readership. Everywhere he went his readers would ask him why he had killed Sherlock and whether he would consider bringing him back. In the end he gave in to public pressure and brought Sherlock back to life.
That conundrum sort of really puts his complicated personality into perspective. How he was often at both ends of the spectrum. Doyle was an open sceptic for example, although one could argue that he became obsessed by the supernatural and occult, because he actually wanted someone to prove the impossible was real. The fact he not only believed, but also promoted the Cottingley fairy hoax (1917), speaks to that particular theory.
On a more positive note, I really do understand why Doyle wanted to believe the pictures were real. What’s not to love? Beautiful little winged creatures flying around and entrancing pretty girls. How perfectly angelic and fairytale like.
Doyle is so much more than just Sherlock, although I must admit I am a wee bit biased when it comes to the greatest detective in the world. There is nothing quite as genius as the violin toting, pipe-smoking, deerstalker-wearing fictional character.
Download and read The White Company, The Mystery of Cloomber, The Great Shadow, The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard, Doyle in 14 Works, The poems of Doyle. Alternatively you can listen to A Scandal in Bohemia, Bimbashi Joyce, A case of Identity or A Foreign Office romance all by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.