»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.«
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.«
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.«
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.