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"Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as Dr. Watson" (1919)

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  • miketooney49
    Excerpts: ... while few people who talk about Jekyll and Hyde have ever read the story, and still fewer understand its real moral, the man who does not know
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 4, 2013
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      Excerpts:

      "... while few people who talk about Jekyll and Hyde
      have ever read the story, and still fewer understand its
      real moral, the man who does not know everything
      concerning Sherlock Holmes, the cut of his face, the
      shabbiness of his dressing gown, his indoor pistol
      practice, the tobacco that he smoked, the cocaine
      that he injected, the plots that he laid and unraveled,
      the kings that he patronized -- that man is indeed a
      rarity."

      "Sherlock Holmes succeeds, not by his subtlety,
      but by his simplicity, and even more by the sim-
      plicity of the famous Dr. Watson. If there were the
      smallest ground for suspecting the sincerity of 'my
      dear Watson,' the whole thing would topple to the
      ground. It often hovers on the very verge of anti-
      climax. For Holmes is, after all, no giant. Poe and
      several Frenchmen have done better in this kind,
      and so far as Holmes himself is concerned Sir
      Arthur Conan Doyle owes, perhaps, as much to
      them as to the Edinburgh professor whose fancy
      for identifying the trades of patients by their small
      peculiarities gave him one set of ideas most skillfully
      used. Sir Arthur's true triumph is the humble Watson.
      Not great himself, he is the cause of greatness in
      another. Faith breeds faith. Worship is catching. 'My
      conviction gains infinitely,' says the sage, 'the moment
      another soul will believe in it.' Seeing Watson constant-
      ly on his knees, we all fall on ours, by mere force of
      suggestion."

      "The same English desire to have it all ways is apparent
      in Dr. Watson's maker. He wants to have the best of
      all possible and impossible worlds, to be at ease both
      in Zion and Valhalla, as well as in a scientific lecture
      room. It is all very human and natural."
      - 'The Living Age,' March 22, 1919, "Sir Arthur Conan
      Doyle As Dr. Watson," by E. T. Raymond
      - http://www.unz.org/Pub/LivingAge-1919mar22-00730?View=PDFPages

      See also "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and His Spooks":
      - http://www.unz.org/Pub/LivingAge-1920jan03-00031?View=PDFPages

      UNZ: http://www.unz.org/Author/RaymondET
    • alanjbishop1
      Just a link to Mark Billingham s Rulebook of Crime - part documentary, part replay of radio detectives inc. Holmes and Miss Marple. It includes a good
      Message 2 of 2 , Mar 5, 2013
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        Just a link to "Mark Billingham's Rulebook of Crime" - part documentary, part replay of radio detectives inc. Holmes and Miss Marple. It includes a good documentary on Raymond Chandler.

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r19jd

        Enjoy!
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