39. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, with Jonathan Cranfield

This episode, we welcome to the podcast Jonathan Cranfield to talk about one The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, which Jonathan has edited for the Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle.

You can read The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes here: https://www.arthur-conan-doyle.com/index.php/The_Memoirs_of_Sherlock_Holmes 

And find out more about the Edinburgh Works here: https://edinburgh-conan-doyle.org/

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Dr Jonathan Cranfield

Jonathan Cranfield is a lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, in the United Kingdom, where he teaches courses on Victorian realism, science, and sensation, and on gothic fiction. In 2016, he authored Twentieth Century Victorian: Arthur Conan Doyle and the Strand Magazine, an in-depth study of the symbiotic relationship between writer and publication, which was issued by Edinburgh University Press. He is on the editorial board of the Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle, and has just edited the Edinburgh Works’ edition of Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, which is our topic today.

Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle

The Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle (EEWACD) will produce a scholarly edition of Conan Doyle’s most significant work, both fiction and non-fiction. The aim is to establish an authoritative text, collating variants including manuscripts where available, and serial versions, and providing a critical apparatus; to provide a history of the text, of its literary and cultural context, and critical reception; a set of explanatory notes elucidating contemporary references; and in many cases appendices of related material. The objective is to produce a twenty-two volume edition that will stand as the seminal text and source of reference material for this author.

The project has also run three success conferences, recordings from which can be found at the project website: https://edinburgh-conan-doyle.org/

We interviewed Douglas Kerr about the first volume, Memories and Adventures, in Episode 30

Confirmed volumes from the Edinburgh Edition

First tranche volumes:

  • Memories and Adventures (Douglas Kerr) - PUBLISHED
  • A Study in Scarlet The Sign of Four (Anne Schwan)
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Andrew Glazzard)
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Jonathan Cranfield) - PUBLISHED
  • Round the Red Lamp (Roger Luckhurst)
  • The Green Flag (Darryl Jones)
  • The Stark Munro Letters (James Machin)
  • The Captain of the Pole-star The Parasite (Emily Alder)
  • Brigadier Gerard (Jonathan Wild)

Other volumes in process: The Tragedy of the Korosko & The Fires of FateThe White CompanyRodney Stone.

Second tranche volumes:

  • The Land of Mist & related writings (Christine Ferguson)

Other volumes in process: Through the Magic Door; Campaigns & Causes (The War in South AfricaThe Case of Mr George EdaljiThe Case of Oscar Slater & The Crime of the Congo); Sir NigelThe Hound of the Baskervilles & The Valley of FearThe Return of Sherlock Holmes & His Last BowThe Case-Book of Sherlock HolmesProfessor Challenger (excluding Land of Mist); Round the Fire Stories; Poems of Arthur Conan Doyle.

Next time on Doings of Doyle

We rejoin Etienne Gerard for more mishaps and misunderstandings in 'The Brigadier in England' (1903).

You can read the story here: https://www.arthur-conan-doyle.com/index.php/The_Brigadier_in_England 


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