Resources: The Mystery of Richard Lancelyn Green

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The Sherlockian, an incredibly popular reimaginging of Arthur Conan Doyle’s life, was based on true crime.  Richard Lancelyn Green, one of the foremost Sherlockian scholars, was strangled with his own shoelace in 2004.  If you’re interested in learning more about Green’s case, you can check out David Grann’s brief article “Mysterious Circumstances” or Sarah Lyall’s “The Curious Incident of the Boxes.” 


Resource: Sherlockology

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Sherlockology is a wonderful resource for the BBC’s Sherlock series.  Though this is technically a fan site, it has links to tons of useful information (like interviews and behind-the-scenes factoids).  If you’re going to use “A Study in Pink” as your chosen pastiche, this might be a very helpful resource.

Breaking News: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Estate Sued by Scholar

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Les Klinger credit Brian Braff

According to this article published by, famed Sherlockian and literary scholar Leslie S. Klinger has filed suit against the Conan Doyle estate, claiming that the Holmsian characters should be freely licensed within the public domain.  Klinger has published numerous anthologies on Holmes with little issue; however, the Conan Doyle estate has threatened injunction against Klinger if he doesn’t pony up licensing fees for his next book, In The Company of Sherlock Holmes.  Christopher Shultz of explains:

“Klinger alleges that estate representatives contacted his publisher Pegasus Books and demanded payment for an upcoming anthology titled In The Company of Sherlock Holmes. If no licensing fee was paid, the estate threatened to dissuade major distributors from carrying the book. Klinger hopes to convince the court to ‘put a permanent stop to this kind of bullying.'”

Klinger admits he takes no issue with the copyrighted works owned by the estate–Conan Doyle’s heirs own the rights to at least 10 of the Holmes stories.  What he does mind, however, is what he sees as “bullying.”  In other words, Klinger believes that the estate is overusing its power in an attempt to profit.

What do you think?  Should the Conan Doyle estate back off?  Or is Klinger in the right?  Whatever your position, you can find more information about the lawsuit on the Free Sherlock! blog.

Resource: Citing eBooks

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Throughout the semester, we’ll be reading a number of digital texts.  Those can be a little tricky to cite, but never fear!  Below are resources that will help you cite your eBooks in MLA format.

1.  Modern Language Association: this site is particularly helpful since it’s information straight from the horse’s mouth.  It does help if you have an MLA style guide handy, too.

2.  University of Maryland University College:  these tips are short and sweet.  They don’t cover every type of electronic publication, but you’ll get the gist.

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson: Canonical Characteristics

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Last class period, we worked together to characterize Holmes and Watson as they appear in Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories.  Later, when we move into pastiches and movies, we’ll see these characters substantially change.  It’s helpful to have a list to remind us who Holmes and Watson really are.

Click here to download a .pdf of our class characterization exercise.