Monday, October 31, 2011

One Of My Favorite Writers...!

One of my favorite fictional characters of all time is Sherlock Holmes!

Therefore, it stands to reason that the person who created that character would become one of my favorite authors, don't you think? It takes a special mind to create the people, places, and the puzzles that mystery writers can put together! Very special!

Oct 31, 1892:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes published

On this day, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle, is published. The book was the first collection of Holmes stories, which Conan Doyle had been publishing in magazines since 1887.

Conan Doyle was born in Scotland and studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, where he met Dr. Joseph Bell, a teacher with extraordinary deductive power. Bell partly inspired Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes years later.

After medical school, Conan Doyle moved to London, where his slow medical practice left him ample free time to write. His first Sherlock Holmes story, "A Study in Scarlet," was published in Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887. Starting in 1891, a series of Holmes stories appeared in The Strand magazine, and Conan Doyle was able to give up his medical practice and devote himself to writing.

Later collections include The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894), The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905), and The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (1827). In 1902, Conan Doyle was knighted for his work with a field hospital in South Africa. In addition to dozens of Sherlock Holmes stories and several novels, Conan Doyle wrote history, pursued whaling, and engaged in many adventures and athletic endeavors. After his son died in World War I, Conan Doyle became a dedicated spiritualist. He died in 1930.

If nothing else, you have to admit this ol'boy was a very interesting individual! Certainly multifaceted, I would say!

Oh, and just in case you were favorite writer of all time...BAR Stephen King! I offer this information while reminding you that Christmas is just around the corner, and books make great gifts!

Now, my friends, I have some fresh coffee to share out on the patio. It's a little cool, but the coffee is hot!


Gorges Smythe said...

My adolescent years were spent reading Sherlock Holmes. Perhaps modern voters should read "A Study in Scarlet," if you get my drift.

Momlady said...

Love Sherlock Holmes. Stephen King, too. Love to read, period.

Sixbears said...

I like Sherlock Holmes, but my wife is a huge fan. Don't know how many times she's read the stories.

I'm not a big horror fan, but King on a good day transcends the horror label.

JoJo said...

I love Sherlock Holmes too. I found a bunch of DVDs in a store somewhere for .99 I bought every one I could find.(not all the same)Don't find those around anymore.

Hot coffee sounds good.

HermitJim said...

Hey Gorges...
I do believe that many folks in this day and age could take lessons from some of the older writers on "tongue in cheek" writing!

Many lessons to be learned from some of the older stories and writers.

Thanks for coming by this morning.

Hey Momlady...
I somehow am not surprised that you like to read! One more thing we have in common!

Thanks, my friend, for coming by this morning!

Hey Sixbears...
King has written so many stories that are not horror the "Shawshank Redemption" and others.

A good old Sherlock Holmes story will keep you coming back over and over, at least in my case!

So many books, so little time!

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey JoJo...
Good find on the DVDs...I watch a lot of his movies on TCM and have many of his books and movies!

Same with King! Just can't get enough sometimes!

I appreciate you coming over, sweetie!

Marie said...

I also enjoy reading Sherlock Holmes--there was a series of 3 episodes for PBS not too long ago called "Sherlock" and it was a modern Sherlock Holmes, and very interesting. Makes me want to go back and re-read some of those classics, when I hear the titles again... :)

sel said...

Hi there Mr Jim. My crazy phone (supposedly smart) has a free kindle on it and Amazon has the entire sherlock holmes collection free to download. That was my first selection. I enjoyed the latest movie about Holmes by Robert downey, jr, too. Sequel will be out soon.

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