47. ACD 2023 - The Year in Review

This episode, we break from our usual format to take a look at the last twelve months in the Doylean universe and make some recommendations of adaptations, events, and publications you may have missed.

Apologies to anyone we have left out. So much happened last year, it was hard to keep track! If you know of something we have overlooked, please give it a mention in the comments.

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Publishing and scholarship

There are innumerable journals devoted to Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. Some of the major ones that have Doylean content include: Canadian Holmes (The Bootmakers of Toronto); The Magic Door (Friends of the ACD Collection, Toronto Public Library); The Sherlock Holmes Journal (Sherlock Holmes Society of London); The Baker Street Journal (Baker Street Irregulars); A Common Newsletter (ACD Society); Steel True, Blade Straight (Belanger Books).

The Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle – the new reference series of definitive texts of major works. See also Episode 30 with Douglas Kerr and Episode 39 with Jonathan Cranfield.

The Oxford World Classics editions of the Sherlock Holmes Canon – a new edition for Oxford that supplements the 1993 edition. Series edited by Darryl Jones

An Alpine Walk: Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes in Switzerland – fantastic website drawing on the ACD Foundation collection in Lausanne, created by Laurence Pernet

The Worlds of Sherlock Holmes - Andrew Lycett’s exploration of the themes that underpin the lives of Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle. See also Episode 44.

Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle in the Newspapers Vol 6 - October 1894  – a valuable and exhaustive reference work, this volume edited by Mattias Boström and Mark Alberstat.

Exhibitions, Auctions and Events

Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects – treasures from the private collection of Glen Miranker.

Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects at the University of Minnesota

Charlie Watts' Collection – the Christies auction that saw a copy of The Hound of the Baskervilles

Auctions of artefacts from the collections of Robert Hess (Part 1) and Robert Hess and Roy Pilot (Part 2), the second of which includes the manuscript of Uncle Bernac. 

Best of Sherlock – definitive listing of the locations of ACD manuscripts by Randall Stock

University of Delaware online exhibition – some letters from the University’s Conan Doyle collection

BSI Trust Lecture 2023 – Steve Rothman on Christopher Morley, Edgar W. Smith and early Sherlockian publishing.

Cameron Hollyer Lecture 2023 - Dana Richards on The Fires of Fate

Studies in Starrett – the definitive blog on Vincent Starrett, written by Ray Betzner

Worldwide Doyle 2023 – recordings from the Portsmouth Libraries’ ACD lecture series.

Stage, screen and radio

Killing Sherlock: Lucy Worsley on the Case of Conan Doyle (BBC iPlayer) – a new three-part documentary on ACD’s life and work, presented by Lucy Worsley

Sherlock Holmes: The Valley of Fear – glorious stage adaptation by Blackeyed Theatre

Conan Doyle: Mystery and Adventure - Inside the Lost 1967 BBC TV Series (via Lulu.com) – a new work of TV archaeology by Mark Jones

Bending the Willow: Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes (via Lulu.com) – a reissue of the classic by David Stuart Davies

A Ghost Story for Christmas: Lot No 249 (BBC iPlayer) – a creepy new adaptation of the ACD classic, written and directed by Mark Gatiss

Next time on Doings of Doyle

We step back two hundred years to the Scottish borders and the Battle of Waterloo in The Great Shadow (1892). You can read the story at the wonderful Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopaedia.


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  1. An item we didn't have time to discuss was the Sky Arts documentary by Adrian Munsey entitled 'Wonderland Gothic.' It's a very well produced and argued 4 x 1hr parts documentary that touches on all aspects of the Gothic. Part 4 started with a 10-15 minute discussion of Imperial Gothic, which contrasted the views of Kipling, Conrad, and Conan Doyle. A very nuanced piece, Munsey discussed the gap between ACD's depiction of the Imperial uncanny in 'The Brown Hand' with his liberal views on race in 'The Yellow Face.' Well worth a watch if you are interested in the Gothic more broadly.


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