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HOLMES THE POLYGLOT? PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE all but confirmed that Sherlock Holmes included fluency in German among his many attributes. Today, in Part 2, we add evidence for his knowing French and Latin. Maybe … Continue reading

January 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

HOLMES THE POLYGLOT? PART 1

WHAT LANGUAGES did Sherlock Holmes speak? English, for sure, but what about American English? He had French kin, so maybe this too. And what about the classic languages, Latin or … Continue reading

January 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

“THE COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON” TO HOLMES PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, we shared eminent Sherlockian Christopher Morley’s observations about two classic tales having Christmas settings: Holmes’ “Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” and Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Today … Continue reading

December 21, 2018 · 2 Comments

“THE COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON” TO HOLMES PART 1

IT WAS ON Friday, December 27, 1889, that Sherlockian chronicler Dr. John H. Watson visited Holmes at 221 B Baker Street and wished him “the compliments of the season.” Today … Continue reading

December 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

DR. JOHN H. WATSON—FASHIONISTO

SHERLOCKIAN CHRISTOPHER MORLEY wrote that “Watson was a couturier at heart.” Today, maybe we’d say fashionisto, masculinizing the term “fashionista,” defined in Merriam-Webster as “a designer, promotor, or follower of … Continue reading

December 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

HOLMES AND THE BARD PART 2

FOR SOMEONE whose knowledge of literature was first thought “nil” by Doctor John H. Watson, Sherlock Holmes quoted Shakespeare a goodly number of times. We started all this yesterday here … Continue reading

October 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

HOLMES AND THE BARD OF AVON PART 1

HOW WELL did the world’s greatest consulting detective know his Shakespeare? Based on Dr. John H. Watson’s initial assessments, not very much at all. On the other hand, Sherlockian scholars … Continue reading

October 16, 2018 · Leave a comment