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According to Doyle

It’s the birthday of Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, DL, who was born in Scotland of Irish parents and lived in England, making him a British author.

Most of his works are available on-line, so you can learn about “the dog in the night” without leaving your computer screen.


1 Steve Bates { 05.22.06 at 8:58 pm }

…so you can learn about “the dog in the night” without leaving your computer screen.

Why should I want to? The dog did nothing in the night-time!

2 Bryan { 05.22.06 at 10:13 pm }

Don’t expect me to be Holmes to your Watson.

If I were a descendant of Sir Arthur, I would have sued over the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce movies. Everyone who sees them thinks Dr. Watson is a twit.

3 Karen { 05.23.06 at 9:32 am }

I enjoyed the PBS series version (on “Mystery”) which was more recent – But i can’t find the link I wanted to it in the Internet Movie Database.

That actor was a good Sherlock and Watson was not a dim witted sot.


4 Steve Bates { 05.23.06 at 10:23 am }

You’re not the only one who sees the classic movies as mischaracterizing Watson. In the Canon, all of which I’ve read twice (and individual stories more than twice), Watson was never depicted as a bumbler merely tagging along after Holmes. No one could possibly be smarter than Holmes (nor have a bigger ego), but Watson had his own set of virtues that made him essential to the stories, notably, courage, loyalty and indefatigability. Any authentic Holmes story by a later author must reflect those virtues.

But you know what they say… be he never so humble, there’s no police like Holmes.

5 Bryan { 05.23.06 at 12:04 pm }

Since Dr. Watson is Dr. Doyle, he certainly didn’t betray himself as a fool.

Karen, I remember the BBC/Jeremy Brett series with great fondness as a true representation of the stories.

Steve, that wasn’t really necessary.