Myths Retold: Sherlock Holmes, the original House MD
Description of Sherlock Holmes: It's your homework, not mine. Read the stories.
Landmarks in Holmes's career:
Glimpses inside 221BProbably the most elegant re-creation of the sitting-room and adjacent rooms in Holmes and Watson's lodgings is the floor plan drawn by Ernest H. Short, circa 1948, and published in the Strand magazine in 1950. Click for a scan.
Take every word in the text seriously, and here's what you'll conclude about 221B Baker Street: 'Sherlock Holmes and the Mantelpiece'
Holmes's birthday: January 6, 1854 (according to Christopher Morley, pioneer American Sherlockian). At any rate apparently he was a Capricorn.
Holmes's sexuality: Now that's a controversial subject! One viewpoint: Gay Sherlock Holmes Holmes's companion: John H. Watson, late of the Army Medical Department
Holmes's arch-enemy: Professor James Moriarty -- see the Professor Moriarty page on Sherlockian.Net.
Holmes's love life: To Sherlock Holmes Irene Adler was always The Woman. The Irene Adler page on Sherlockian.Net. Besides her, there's always Maud Bellamy of "The Lion's Mane". And then there's Mary Russell.
Holmes's hobbies and personality: Some sports ("an excellent boxer, singlestick player and swordsman"); music (played the violin, and wrote a monograph about Orlando di Lasso); obscure knowledge (the Buddhism of Ceylon, the warships of the future); tobacco.
When did the stories take place? About Sherlockian chronology
Were Holmes and Watson gay? The author probably didn't intend them to be, and traditional readers don't think so, but more recently there's been a lot of doubt. One writer painstakingly explains why the answer is yes.
Unpublished cases: List by 'mazaher'
The Ocular Helmsman: Personal effects and environs
|25 'common misconceptions' from Sherlockian-Sherlock.com|
Deerstalker (fore-and-aft) cap: never exactly mentioned in the stories. The original illustrator, Sidney Paget, interpreted the "ear-flapped travelling cap" mentioned in "Silver Blaze" as a deerstalker and drew it for that story and four subsequent times. Then the idea took off. Definition of a deerstalker . . . DeerStalker.com.
Where can I buy a deerstalker hat? From many gentlemen's outfitters and shops that sell woollen goods. One that's near me, and that sells over the Internet, is Macleod's Scottish Shops. The 240-year-old British firm of hatters, Christys', currently has two models of deerstalker for sale.
Why is it always the hat?
Curved or calabash pipe: not clearly described in the stories, but attributed to actor William Gillette, who wanted a pipe that would not interfere with his famous profile or with clear articulation.
Stupid Watson: not justified by the text, except in the sense that everyone is stupider than Holmes; traceable to the buffoonish Watson played by Nigel Bruce in 1940s films.
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