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Depeschen mit dem Leitwort Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

»Sherlock Holmes was a virgin. Hercule Poirot was a prude. And, I don’t know Miss Marple all that well, but she was hardly Aphrodite. One thing is for sure: The great private detectives of the English whodunit weren’t doing it.«

Christopher Wallace

Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot were defiantly asexual. Christopher Wallace asks what did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie have against sex? His view at Salon.

»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.

„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.