The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
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Basically the introduction to "Sherlockiana," available on your computer. Contains links not only to stories and character information, but also to contextual stuff about Victorian London. Sadly, not all the links remain active.
An extremely useful resource on the Victorian era in England and on events in the U.S. during the same period, for those who are looking for more historical background to our favorite detective.
A revival of the old fiction magazine in which Conan Doyle published his Holmes stories.
A (still-in-progress) interactive world map of all of the places mentioned in Holmes's stories.
Even though Conan Doyle passed away 79 years ago, his trustees are still out there protecting his good name. This here is his official site, with a specially-prepared biography and some information about some non-Sherlock characters created by Conan Doyle.
This is a useful PDF file introducing the terms common in Holmes-related scholarship, such as "the Baker Street Irregulars" and the "Sherlockian Game." Also contains chronologies of the stories and a quick list of famous Sherlockians.
An online database of Sidney Paget's original Strand illustrations for Conan Doyle's Holmes stories.
Movie or TV Productions
This is the new one, you know, with Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law, made by the guy who also made Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. We are so there!
This British miniseries was aired on American television in the '80s, and was later followed by The Return of Sherlock Holmes and The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. Lead actor Jeremy Brett has played Holmes more than any other single actor, and has totally influenced how some of us here at Shmoop think of Holmes (i.e., as neurotic and fidgety).
This is only one of many, many Holmes movies made by Basil Rathbone (as Holmes) and Nigel Bruce (as Watson); other titles include Terror by Night, Pursuit to Algiers, The House of Fear, and The Scarlet Claw. As you can probably tell from the titles, these aren't as faithful to the stories as, say, the Jeremy Brett versions are, but the look of Basil Rathbone is a total continuation of the Sidney Paget tradition.
Check out the official trailer for the upcoming movie, to be released on Christmas Day 2009.
An example of Basil Rathbone's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, who is, because of his setting, a bit different from Conan Doyle's. This film is set in contemporary times and deals with World War II and the fight against the Nazis.
An interview with the author, in which Conan Doyle explains what he hates about early detective novels and how Sherlock Holmes fixed all that. Really, really (really) cool.
This is the only surviving audio of famous turn-of-the-twentieth-century actor William Gillette, who played Holmes on the stage and screen for over 35 years.
We don't know if we buy this secret, but – listen to find out what it is.
Check out the Project Gutenberg audiobook version of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Then put your own accents in, for fun!
Even his best friends couldn't deny that his mustache makes him look like a walrus.
Yes, this is a framed image of Sherlock Holmes, depicted with seeds. What more can you say?
Beautifully drawn 1950s print that appeared in The Strand.