On This Day 15th March

The first separate US edition of The Sign of the Four published in Once A Week Library OTD 1891.

‘The Creeping Man’ first appeared OTD 1923 in Hearst’s International https://t.co/KHzVKjdzbL

The Adventure of the Creeping Man (CREE) is a short story written by Arthur Conan Doyle first published in The Strand Magazine (UK) and in Hearst’s International (US) both in march 1923. This is the 51st Sherlock Holmes story. Collected in The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes.


David Stuart Davies, who has written an afterword for the Case-Book, comments that this story “veers towards risible science fiction”. Indeed, there is something a bit less scientific in this story than is usually the case with Conan Doyle’s writing. This is one of four stories said to be forged “drivel” in Nicholas Meyer’s 1974 novel The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. (The other three are also from The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes.)

Ancient philosophy scholar Jonathan Barnes writes of encountering the story as a child and finding it “one of the richest and most singular investigations of Holmes’s long career – an opinion which I have had no reason to change … Revisited in adulthood, the story reveals itself as a sour parable about the endurance of lust, a lurid treatment of the question that is put to Falstaff as Doll Tearsheet fidgets on his knee: ‘Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?’. Yet, curiously, the feeling persists that there is something in the narrative – hidden, submerged – which the reader is not permitted to comprehend but which forms the source of its power.”

OTD in 1904, The Scotsman printed a letter from ACD on imperial tariffs, which he supported. https://t.co/IB11MEN9ob

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