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»Und dank einem klugen Richter aus Chicago sieht es nun so aus, als dürfte jedermann die beruhigenden Geschichten des Arthur Conan Doyle fortspinnen, ohne dass er dessen Erben auch nur einen Penny dafür schuldig wäre.«

Hannes Stein

Sherlock Holmes gehört jetzt allen: Bei der Welt berichtet Hannes Stein über den Copyright-Streit über die Figur Sherlock Holmes von Arthur Conan Doyle.

»Artists and writers always engage with and respond to other writers. That’s how art gets made. And that’s why it’s a good thing for culture, for literature, and for Doyle himself that it looks like Holmes will finally be completely free to be used, abused, and celebrated by everybody, free of charge.«

Noah Berlatsky

Sherlock Holmes has broken free of the clutches of his captors, says Noah Berlatsky. His view on the copyright case of the great detective you can read at The Atlantic.

»Die ästhetische Frage, ob Sherlock Holmes wirklich ein dreidimensionaler Held unter zweidimensionalen Konkurrenten ist, hat der Richter nicht entschieden. Und gerade das ist in diesem Fall salomonisch.«

Patrick Bahners

In den Vereinigten Staaten ist ein Streit um die Rechte an der Figur von Arthur Conan Doyle geführt worden. Patrick Bahners berichtet für die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung aus New York.

»Despite the way his career ended, Burns did much inspire both real-life and fictional investigators. Conversely, Burns himself was held up to the standards of fiction, with Sherlock Holmes being the primary yardstick. Burns never quite lived up to Holmes (who never had to deal with holding an official position or go before a Senate hearing), but America’s willingness to brand him as the Great Detective’s Yankee equal serves as a testament not only to this country’s constant search for celebrity heroes, but also how badly humans want reality to mirror fiction—not the other way around.«

Benjamin Welton

Real detective: Benjamin Welton about William J. Burns, an Irish-American sleuth who bore more than a passing resemblance to Arthur Conan Doyle himself. His portrait at The Atlantic.

»Ian Rankin: You once said crime fiction was «a lower stratum of literary achievement». I know quite a few present-day crime writers who would contest that.

Arthur Conan Doyle: Hardly my concern, sir. But the lure of money and the heartbreak of my readers conspired to revive Holmes, much as your whisky is reviving my memories of Edinburgh’s low drinking dens.«

Ian Rankin

An extract from Dead Interviews: With the help of a Ouija board, Ian Rankin summons the spirit of Arthur Conan Doyle to discuss Sherlock, Rebus, and the best way to kill off a character. Read more at The Telegraph.

Reichlichen Nachschub für Krimileser und Krimihörer gibt es bei den Kolleginnen und Kollegen vom KrimiKiosk. In den letzten Wochen haben für Euch Dani Nimz, Tanja Werner, Nicole Ludwig, Nora, Biggi Friedrichs, Nicole Glücklich, Petra Weber und Jörg Völker gelesen und gehört. Reinschauen!

Video | CrimeCandy: William Fox in conversation with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about Sherlock Holmes and spirituality.

Zum Wochenende noch etwas CrimeCandy: Im Sommer 1927, drei Jahre vor seinem Tod, hat Sir Arthur Conan Doyle William Fox ein Interview gegeben. Hier das seltene Filmdokument, in dem der Autor sich über seine Figur Sherlock Holmes und sein spätes Lieblingsthema Spiritualismus äußert.

Via Page Turner @ New Yorker

»A riddle: What does Captain Ahab have in common with Sherlock Holmes?

Answer: Both characters were created by writers who sailed on whaling vessels, who knew firsthand the heft of a harpoon, the bite of raging gales and the blisters raised by oars.«

Bill Streever

Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure reproduces Arthur Conan Doyle’s handwritten journal and illustrations from his time on an Arctic whaler in 1880. The diary, edited by Jon Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower, has just been published by The University of Chicago Press and Bill Streever reviews the book at The New York Times.

»Doyle introduced Holmes 125 years ago in a longish short story published in a Christmas annual, later reshaped into a shortish novel called A Study in Scarlet—one of the first books outside sectarian literature, incidentally, in which Mormons appear.«

Gregory McNamee

Gregory McNamee about the 125th anniversary of Sherlock Holmes. His article at Kirkus Review.

»But there’s also an unexplored, Gothic theme here, one which reaches back to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – which begins and ends on a whale ship, and which Conan Doyle discusses with the captain on his whale ship – to Edgar Allan Poe, the most important literary influence on Conan Doyle, whose The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, is set on a whaler. And surely Sherlock Holmes would have appreciated the fact that this literary trail culminated in Dracula, written by Bram Stoker – whose cousin happened to be Arthur Conan Doyle

Philip Hoare

Dangerous Work is Arthur Conan Doyle‘s gruesomely entertaining journal of an Arctic whaling voyage, Philip Hoare says at his review. You will find it at telegraph.co.uk.