Sherlock Holmes

(1887-    ?    )


Stories written by

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


“The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter”

The canon of the "sacred" stories of Sherlock Holmes is revered by an increasing number of fans each year.  To these loyal followers,  Sherlock Holmes was a real life character and much of the discussion between them is an attempt to prove that he really lived (or is still living,  at the age of 130 years old,  as a bee farmer outside of London!):  His address, 221 b Baker Street,  does not exist in London ... so clearly it is a disguise for his real address.  Many believe that the real address is 21 b Baker Street.  Today the “Sherlock Holmes Hotel”  stands at that address!   There are many clues in his stories to the location of his home,  such as a sycamore tree in the back yard.  Many other details of his life are analyzed in the same manner.  So goes the logic in the search for the real Sherlock Holmes.

On the other hand,   there IS a real Sherlock Holmes;  Dr. Joseph Bell,  one of Doyle’s professors in medical school,  was the model for the Holmes’ character.  Dr. Bell could observe the hands,  face,  voice,  and demeanor of a person and determine where he lived,  what he did for a living,  his approximate bank balance,  the color of his wife’s hair,  the number of children he had,  and the name of the last novel that he read.  Well,  ....... almost!



Each of the 61 stories of the canon has a code name.  "The Sign of the Four" = “Sign";  "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter" = "Gree" (See Exhibit),  and so forth.  Only a few more than half of the original manuscripts survive.  These manuscripts are the most  sacred objects to  Holmes  disciples.             

No collection nor Library owns more than   2  of the  complete

manuscripts and only five libraries own more than one.  These include the New York Public Library, the Karpeles Manuscript Library, The University of Texas, and the Lilly Library.  Single manuscripts are held at Harvard, the Rosenbach Library, the British Museum, the Bibliotheca Bodmeriana Cologny Geneva and the Huntington Library.