L412 Fall 2019 Elementary, My Dear Watson: The World of Sherlock Holmes
Thursdays, 2:15–3:40, Oct. 24–Nov. 14
Instructor: Jim Dunphy
In 1887, an obscure magazine called Beeton’s Christmas Annual published A Study in Scarlet by an unknown author named Arthur Conan Doyle, thereby introducing Sherlock Holmes, to the public. In this class, we will look at the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, his inspiration for Holmes, the publishing history of the mysteries, and Doyle’s other works. We will consider the (fictional) biographies of Holmes and his loyal partner, Dr. John Watson, along with many other recurring characters, and look into the four novels and 56 short stories Conan Doyle wrote. Finally, we will note how Holmes and Watson have appeared on TV and movies, and how, more than 90 years after the last Holmes stories, new mysteries are published every year. So, come along with OLLI–the game’s afoot!
Jim Dunphy has taught a variety of classes at all OLLI locations, including courses on history, baseball, literature, and music. One of the oldest books in his library is the Complete Sherlock Holmes, given to him as a childhood present, and he has been a fan since then.