Shakespeare and Sherlock
Posted on May 6, 2014 by Sylvia Morris
Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous characters in literature. So compelling has Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant detective proved to be since the stories were written over a century ago that he has been brought to life in scores of films, TV series and radio plays. And the character himself has inspired novelists and playwrights to write new stories. So powerful a hold does this fictional character have that a museum dedicated to him, furnished as if he had really lived there, is situated in Baker Street, London.
Nobody has opened a Hamlet museum, but if there was to be a Shakespeare character to have his own museum this would probably be it.
Every once in awhile, I stumble upon a "discovery" that combines a couple of my main interests: in this case, Sherlock Holmes and Shakespeare. I don't know why I hadn't heard of this story before, but Vincent Starrett once wrote a fun little pastiche of a Sherlock Holmes story entitled "The Adventure of the Unique Hamlet," in which Holmes is hired to help solve the theft of a unique quarto edition of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. The story, which was originally published in 1920, was reportedly considered by Ellery Queen to be one of the greatest pastiches of Holmes ever written. I just read it, and found it to be quite entertaining. Simply click on the title of the story above to read it online!
(I shall also share this same post on my Shakespeare blog, entitled Willy Wigglestick.)
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN, and a longtime fan of Mr. Sherlock Holmes.