Sherlockian.Net: Professor Moriarty

He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson . . .

[Paget drawing] Sherlock Holmes's arch-enemy is thought to have been Professor James Moriarty (whose brother was also named James Moriarty).

Yes, there is something odd about the chronology of the two stories in which he figures, "The Final Problem" and The Valley of Fear.

And yes, he seems to have been involved in only two of the sixty published cases — which hardly justifies the popular impression (based perhaps on films and parodies) that Holmes and Moriarty duelled throughout their long careers.

The drawing at right is by Sidney Paget, an illustration for the original publication of "The Final Problem" in 1893.

Note the spelling: Moriarty. Not Moriarity, not Moriaty, not Morrity, not even, as one parodist rendered it, Arty Morty!

  • "In memoriam Moriarty", by Alan Olding
  • The Real Moriarty, Adam Worth
  • Jonathan Wild, whom Holmes compares with Moriarty
  • Solar System Dynamics (including asteroids)
  • The Moriarty Principle by Rolf J. Canton
  • I'd Prefer Less Moriarty
  • Edgar W. Smith's The Napoleon of Crime (1953)
  • Why does Moriarty get so much attention?
  • Dinner with Moriarty (logic game)
  • Are You There, Moriarty?
  • Macavity, the Mystery CatVideo, poem read by Kelsey Williams
  • The dynamics of an asteroid
  • Professor Moriarty's Home Page
  • The fetching Cathy Moriarty
  • A “filthy dirty blues band” that spells it “Moriaty”
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