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Arthur Conan Doyle secretly resented his Sherlock Holmes creation, says historian

He killed him off so that he could stop writing about him after all.

Author blamed literary success of the fictional detective for his highbrow historical novels ‘lying unread’

Then brought him back as no one read his other guff anyway…..

25 thoughts on “This is hardly news”

  1. It’s all a bit more prosaic: Holmes was a nice little earner and he appeared in more stories after his tussle at the Reichenbach Falls than before it.

  2. Rather like pop groups that have a successful Christmas song. They profess to hate it, but it’s their pension fund. Was it Slade who said that?

  3. Author blamed literary success of the fictional detective for his highbrow historical novels

    Sherlock Holmes – the Victorian equivalent of Murder She Wrote – is “highbrow” now.

    Just fucking kill me.

  4. @Steve,

    Read the article again. Holmes isn’t the ‘highbrow’, ACD’s other writings are supposed to be – and that doesn’t include the Professor Challenger stuff.

  5. I suppose new generations need to be reminded, although any edition of Adventures.. with an introduction will explain it.

    Any new film version will have Sherlock as a Transwoman of colour. Although thinking about ut, Jeremy Brett’s version was pretty camp.

  6. Any new film version will have Sherlock as a Transwoman of colour

    I’m assuming you didn’t see the bbc Sherlock which after 3 excellent initial seasons jumped the woke shark in truly mind-blowing and yes gender-swapping, fashion.

  7. Ah, to be fair on ACD when he hit his spirtualusm phase he was oretty well off his rocker. Was his son killed at Passchendaele and that set him off ?

  8. The fairies at the bottom of the garden thing was pretty highbrow, insisting it was absolute proof of their existance. Oh how the little girls must have laughed.

  9. jumped the woke shark in truly mind-blowing and yes gender-swapping, fashion.

    Luckily I didn’t. I don’t like Martin Freeman very much and even Una Stubbs couldn’t keep me watching .

  10. John – I saw a couple of episodes of the Mark Gatiss version that came out a couple of years ago.

    It was shit.

    Bendydick Cumberland is fine, it’s the scripts that are stupid. Gatiss can’t write a mystery to save his life, even when it’s already been written for him.

    So we got an idiot’s idea of what an intelligent person is like, endless “hilarious” references to Sherlock and Watson being mistaken for a gay couple (Mark Gatiss is very pleased to let you know he’s a homosexual), and a Ceebeebies pantomime villain version of Moriarty who gave the least menacing baddie performance since the White Witch in the Chronicles of Narnia (1988).

    The worst episode of Columbo had better writing.

    I can’t wait till they cast Sasha Johnson as Robo-Sherlock.

  11. John – I haven’t seen Robyn in da Hood, but am fairly sure Mel Brooks did it first, and better.

    He’s a mensch.

  12. That Robyn Hood video was pretty funny.

    I used to enjoy watching. Maid Marion – I had to close my ears to the annoying proto-wokeness but it was a well written comedy kids’ show.

  13. Thanks FrankH. I was trying to remember if I’d read anything of ACD other than Sherlock Holmes. And yes I did read some of the Brigadier Gerard tales.

  14. I read “Tales of Adventure and Medical Life” as a teenager. It is a collection of existing ACD short stories put together by his publisher. As a young ‘un I found it quite interesting – I hoovered up all sorts of stuff then.

  15. “The White Company” is a good historical novel. It’s about a company of mercenaries during the Hundred Years War.

  16. Mark Steyn read Conan Doyle’s “The Tragedy of the Korosko” as one of his “Tales for our time” audiobooks.

  17. Its not like he’d be the first – or last – content creator that was locked into one IP because no one would pay for their other stuff.

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