»The suit, which stems from the estate’s efforts to collect a licensing fee for a planned collection of new Holmes-related stories by Sara Paretsky, Michael Connelly and other contemporary writers, makes a seemingly simple argument. Of the 60 Conan Doyle stories and novels in “the Canon” (as Sherlockians call it), only the 10 stories first published in the United States after 1923 remain under copyright. Therefore, the suit asserts, many fees paid to the estate for the use of the character have been unnecessary.
But it’s also shaping up to be something of what one blogger called “a Sherlockian Civil War.” On one side is Leslie S. Klinger, a prominent lawyer from Malibu, Calif., and the editor of the three-volume, nearly 3,000-page New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, as well as an editor of the new collection. On the other is Jon Lellenberg, a retired Defense Department strategist and, for the past 30 years, the Conan Doyle estate’s hard-nosed American agent.«
Whose property is Sherlock Holmes? Jennifer Schuessler reports about the so called “Sherlockian Civil War”, a battle over control of Conan Doyle’s estate and the Twitter hashtag #freesherlock. Read more at The New York Times.
“On a recent short plane flight, I read Michael Dirda’s On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling in one sitting. The effect was like having a voluble but very interesting seatmate, one whom you interrupt only rarely with exclamations of agreement and perhaps a short recital of a similar anecdote from your life.”
Leslie S. Klinger, editor of the Edgar-winning New Annotated Sherlock Holmes and the critically acclaimed New Annotated Dracula, reviews On Conan Doyle: or, The Whole Art of Storytelling by Michael Dirda. His view can be read at the Los Angeles Review of Books.
This fall features many new works on Arthur Conan Doyle and his most famous creation, including a lost novel by the author himself. Yvonne Zipp on “On Conan Doyle” by Michael Dirda, “Masters of Mystery” by Christopher Sandford, “A Study in Sherlock ” by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, “The Pirate King” by Laurie R. King. And of course “The Narrative of John Smith” by Arthur Conan Doyle. Read more at washingtonpost.com.