Sunday, July 8, 2012

Remembering Arthur Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930)

Arthur Conan Doyle and his wife
Arthur Conan Doyle and Wife (1892)

Arthur Conan Doyle passed away on this day in 1930.

In addition to Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle also created Professor Challenger in his novel The Lost World and a few other stories. He was equally at home in non-fiction as he was in the fiction genre.

As a tribute to this certifiable genius of a writer, I present here my personal favorite Sherlock Holmes quote from The Sign of Four:

“…when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth…”

Thank You Conan Doyle for the Sherlock Holmes Canon and The Lost World. I owe a considerable amount of gratitude to the Canon for developing my interest in reading books and improving my vocabulary.

I have a lot more of your works on my to-read list!

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  1. I appreciate finding a blogger who observes the anniversary of a death. Remembering the birthdays of famous dead people never did make sense to me. Maybe we'll watch something Sherlock Holmes-related tonight. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. You are welcome!

      Sir ACD is my all-time favorite author and this post is my humble tribute to him :)

  2. He probably didn't even realize what he started when he wrote,
    'Study in Scarlet
    Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson , M.D. , Late of the Army Medical Department.'

    And yet here we still are.


    1. Not only was he not interested in writing the Sherlock Holmes stories, but also had a strong dislike for his creation.

      Truly, the stuff of legends :)

  3. I only just re-discovered him last year, so I have a lot of reading ahead of me.

    Also, that 'bicykle' is amazing!

  4. I read that Doyle was a good gentleman who helped out an Indian man accused of a crime and others in his life time. After I read "The Yellow Face" and "The Five Orange Pips" I got the impression Doyle was a very liberal man as these Holmes stories attack prejudice and hate groups.

    I wrote a blog piece that "In the Heat of the Night" was a popular and great movie because the writer borrowed from Conan Doyle. Does it make sense?

    1. Sir Doyle was well ahead of his time. Not only was he liberal in his ideas about racism, he was a Feminist as well. In 'A Scandal in Bohemia', he had Holmes outsmarted by Irene Adler. That was way back in 1891.

      Shame that in the 21st century, Moffat made Irene into a run-of-the-mill "damsel in distress" who has to be literally rescued by Holmes.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. The link to the above piece I posted may not work for some reason. I tried to fix it.