Quite touching the idea of portraying Sherlock Holmes brooding over the death of his author… all the more since we know how, at one time, Conan Doyle got so tired of his character that he decided to ‘kill’ him. “I must save my mind for better things,” he wrote to his mother.
In The Final Problem, published in 1893, Conan Doyle did try to get rid of his hero by making him disappear in the abyss of the Reichenbach Falls, in Switzerland, during a last and fatal combat with Moriarty, the detective’s sworn enemy. Sherlock Holme’s fans were left as disconsolate as Watson at the news of his tragic end and such was the wave of discontent among Conan Doyle’s readers that the writer had to bring his detective back to life. Not only did he manage this “tour de force” to resuscitate the detective without losing credibility but he also embarked him on some of his most thrilling adventures.
Conan Doyle died nearly eighty years ago but the world-wide known figure of Sherlock Holmes has survived him in our imaginary. However, author and character are going to be united forever in one of the greatest and most touching homages ever paid to a writer. It will be a Scottish tribute paid to a Scottish author.
But who knows that Conan Doyle is a Scottish writer? The author died in England on July 7th 1930 and was buried in a small churchyard in Hampshire after spending some part of his life there.
I will tell you more next time and I’m sure nobody will ever forget that Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh and that he is a Scottish writer and not an English one!