Tag: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

'The Sign of Four' plus two (or Reading Holmes with my own characters)

'The Sign of Four' plus two (or Reading Holmes with my own characters)
My latest re-reading of the complete Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has posed a new problem for me. In 2010, the previous time I was re-reading the whole “canon” of stories, I was a few months away from taking a character from one of my own stories, Daisy MacDonald, and presenting her with... Read more »

Fear of publishing -- or an inner editor?

Fear of publishing -- or an inner editor?
We’ve had some computerized discussions here at Chicago Now about “fear of publishing” — the idea that oh, I wrote something, but what if I publish it? Longtime and/or regular readers of these items may have inferred that this isn’t my problem. But I have a draft in my Margaret Serious software that is waiting... Read more »

'The Adventure of the Missing Quotations' (or what Doyle wrote and Bartlett ignored)

'The Adventure of the Missing Quotations' (or what Doyle wrote and Bartlett ignored)
In the course of reading “Arthur and Sherlock,”  I found myself trying to use Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations to find the names of stories for particular incidents and quotations in the Sherlock Holmes stories I love. But while “You know my methods” and nine other gems are in my copy of Bartlett’s, many of my favorites are... Read more »
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'Arthur and Sherlock' is a special look at the creative process through biography

'Arthur and Sherlock' is a special look at the creative process through biography
Chapter 1 of Michael Sims’ new book, “Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes” (Bloomsbury USA, 2017) begins with student Arthur Doyle leading a patient to see his medical professor, Dr. Joseph Bell. Sims writes: “The man’s attitude was respectful but not servile. He did not remove his hat. In a Scottish... Read more »

'Through the Magic Door' - Conan Doyle on 'two excellences,' short stories and long books

'Through the Magic Door' - Conan Doyle on 'two excellences,' short stories and long books
Among the sections I love in “Through the Magic Door” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is Chapter VI, the section on short stories. It begins: “Which are the great short stories of the English language? Not a bad basis for a debate! This I am sure of: that there are far fewer supremely good short... Read more »

'Through the Magic Door' -- Conan Doyle on book shopping

'Through the Magic Door' -- Conan Doyle on book shopping
In his 1908 book “Through the Magic Door,” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle offers a tour of his book collection — and “there is no volume there which is not a dear, personal friend.” In Chapter 1, he writes of some of his older books: “Some of them represent those little sacrifices which make a possession... Read more »
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'Through the Magic Door' -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on books

'Through the Magic Door' -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on books
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would have loved A.A. Milne’s idea of Sustaining Books, had he encountered it. I thought that recently as I re-read Doyle’s book about books, “Through the Magic Door” (1908). Milne had Winnie-the-Pooh ask for “a Sustaining Book, such as would help and comfort a Wedged Bear in Great Tightness.” Doyle begins... Read more »