Given how charmingly ancient those stories seem now, it’s surprising to realize that it’s only 150 years since Doyle was born. He died in 1930 — the same year that Neil Armstrong and Clint Eastwood were born.
Doyle was only 28 when his first Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, was published in 1887. He was a prodigy and he could write. Raymond Chandler once said that Holmes was “mostly an attitude and a few dozen lines of unforgettable dialogue.” But what an attitude!
Doyle was into spiritualism, so we feel free to say: Happy birthday, Sir Arthur, wherever you are. Thanks for all the great tales.