Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died on this date in 1930. He is best known for creating that master of private consulting detectives Sherlock Holmes, whose adventures can be read online -links to the stories are here. The Hound of the Baskervilles is on the list of 100 Favorite Mysteries of the 20th Century as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's online members. Jeremy Brett is my all-time favorite of the actors who've portrayed the detective. Here's the intro to the episodes of that series:

Here are some clips from Brett's series:

Here's an interview with Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke:

Doyle wrote historical fiction and science fiction as well.

My favorite of his historical fiction is The White Company, which can be read online here.

The Poison Belt, a science fiction tale, was never dramatized that I can find. His The Lost World can be read online here and was made into a movie in 1925:

I watched it a while back. Other movies, radio plays and a TV series have also been based on the tale.

Tales of Terror and Mystery can be read online or listened to compliments of Librivox. has more links, including links to some one-act radio plays.

And Sir Arthur Conan Doyle believed in fairies. I can say no ill of someone who believes in fairies.


  1. Anonymous8:54 AM

    Ah, Sir Arthur...
    (Bow, hand on heart).
    A Pal

  2. Did you know that Holmes, Tarzan, and The Scarlet Pimpernel are all related, results of a family supergene mutation inhereted during a meteor strike? I'm not making that up, but I wonder if I should be ;-) I am currently reading "Tarzan Alive" by Philip José Farmer for the fun of it. Oh, and Captain Nemo was Professor Moriarty in disguise, I think.