Saturday, January 06, 2018

What Sort of Gift Do You Give to a Victorian Sleuth Who Already Has Immortality?

Today is Sherlock Holmes’ birthday, as the distinctive blog Inner Toob reminded us earlier this morning. According to scholars of the Holmes canon, the Great Detective was born on January 6, 1854, which would now make him 164 years old. I’m not going to compose a new post about this occasion, but shall instead refer you to a piece I wrote in 2007, which traces some of the thinking behind identifying this day as special to Holmes. I just went to the trouble of updating the links in that post, so the Web references should all be easily reached.

By the way, what may or many not be the birthday of Holmes’ faithful chronicler, Dr. John H. Watson, is almost two months away.

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