It is a truth universally acknowledged, that booklovers in possession of a good tearoom, must be in want of a Jane Austen discussion… Therefore, we began in July of 2008 with an aim to meet each quarter to review a Jane Austen book & have a Full Afternoon Tea. We have read the Jane Austen books twice over in the order that they were originally published, completed two British Victorian Author reading plans & have currently taken a Dickens Detour. Read along with us!
'Come, Watson, come!' he cried. 'The game is afoot. Not a word! Into
your clothes and come!'
Sherlock Holmes Quote from
The Adventure of The Abbey Grange
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1859, Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle
fought his way through a childhood filled with the instability that his
alcoholic father brought to the family and, supported by wealthy uncles, was
given the opportunity to receive an education that then enabled him to begin his medical school
studies at the University of Edinburgh in 1876.
And it was during that time that Arthur Conan Doyle began to write.
His experience, talents and medical studies contributed to
his creations but although he began to submit short stories to magazines, nothing
gained him any significant recognition until A Study In Scarlet was accepted by Ward Lock & Co on November
20, 1886. It then appeared in Beeton’s
Christmas Annual to good reviews and brought Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H.
Watson into the literary world and permanently into reader’s hearts for
generations to come.
There are thought to be several inspirations for the inimitable
detective Sherlock Holmes, but Joseph Bell, one of Conan Doyle’s university
professors, is generally recognized as having introduced ideas regarding
deduction, observation and inference that found their way into Sherlock’s
personality and methods of detection.
After A Study In
Scarlet, The Sign Of The Four
was commissioned, followed by other successful and popular short stories
featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.With a writing career that continued to be far more successful than his
medical career, Conan Doyle began to dedicate himself to also writing
historical novels which he considered to be more “important works”.To clear the path for his new passion, he
decided to send Holmes and his nemesis, Moriarty, to their deaths in the story “The Final Problem”.
Needless to say, public outcry brought Sherlock Holmes back
in more stories – 56 short stories altogether and four novels produced between
1887 and 1927.Dr. Watson narrates
all but four stories but Holmes tells the story himself in “The Blanched Soldier” and “The
Lion’s Mane”. The stories“The Musgrave Ritual” and “The Gloria Scott” feature Holmes
relating the storyline to Watson through his memories as the Doctor narrates
between. Both “The Mazarin Stone”
and His Last Bow are related in
third person and A Study In Scarlet
and The Valley Of Fear include additional
narration both of events known and unknown to either Sherlock and Watson.
The personality of Sherlock Holmes has intrigued and
inspired readers ever since their publication and have influenced other works
of fiction, film and television
shows.In London the famous address
of 221B Baker Street is as important to lovers of literature as 10 Downing
Street is to polititians and Sherlockian fans can even visit the Sherlock
Holmes Museum at the well known location. http://www.sherlock-holmes.co.uk/
Members of The Jane Austen Tea Society – you still have
plenty of time to read one of the Sherlock Holmes novels or short stories
so that we can meet and discuss over tea & scones on Saturday, October
6th.You may do as I am doing and
read“A Study In Scarlet”so that you
can discover how Holmes met Dr. Watson.But you might choose “A Scandal
In Bohemia”if you want to read about Sherlock’s love interest or“The Final Problem”to as he crosses
paths with Professor Moriarty.
Lay aside your preconceived notions about Sherlock and
Watson and go back to the source – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original
works!After all, as Holmes said
in“A Study In Scarlet”– “There is nothing like first-hand evidence.”