What does a Naval Intelligence officer at the Pentagon, a Professor of Anthropology, a retired English solicitor, a New York Times editor, a military historian and bestselling novelist have in common?
They are amongst a diverse collection of seventeen individuals commissioned by The Conan Doyle Estate to give a new perspective into Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional characters. We have been working on this special project to meet the 160th anniversary of the birth of Arthur Conan Doyle (22nd May 2019).
Ranging from Captain Sharkey, Brigadier Gerard, Sherlock Holmes, Professor Challenger to Victorian London, The Scotland Yarders and The Baker Street Irregulars this is an original body of work examining the famous and lesser known cast members of Conan Doyle's repertoire.
The contributors cover the Anglosphere to present the profiles in many different voices, showing how they have been depicted in illustrations and dramatisations over the years. This work developing each character's artistic life off the printed page helps The Conan Doyle Estate to fulfil our mission to continue to broaden the appeal of Conan Doyle’s works to an increasing demographic and new audiences.
Each character demonstrates core DNA that traces back to the life of Conan Doyle. What better way to start to get to know them and therefore Arthur himself, than by getting into character with those who share similar professions or traits to Arthur Conan Doyle's creations.
Explore the Arthur Conan Doyle Character Collection HERE
Meet The Expert
This is a special project which has spanned the last 6 months - working alongside Jon Lellenberg who has commissioned and edited the seventeen parts so far.
Jon Lellenberg’s association with the Conan Doyle Estate stretches back to Dame Jean Conan Doyle’s time in the late 1970s. He is a Baker Street Irregular and a member of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London, and the author or co-author of five books about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s life and work, including 2007’s award-winning Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters, done with Conan Doyle biographer Daniel Stashower and the Estate’s Charles Foley.
The Conan Doyle Estate Source.
Published: 29th April 2019