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I have received in inquiry through the blog that I thought someone might help me with, as personally, I have no idea.

A Ph.D. candidate at the University of Reading (UK) is doing some research on the influences of Arthur Conan Doyle's early work in the Sherlock Holmes stories, and wishes to know the following:
Is anyone aware of any other post-doctoral/research work that has been done on the subject of Conan Doyle's early experience and the influence on the Holmes stories?

If so, please leave a comment below or get in touch with me via email. Thank you.


Mark said... May 21, 2007 at 2:24 PM

I didn't have a tremendous amount of time during which to work on this, but I did look at the MLA, Arts & Humanities Search, and several other databases. I was surprised to find so little. All I was able to turn up was one decent article, a brief note, and a dissertation:

Bignall, John. "The Case of the London Practitioner." The Lancet 342.8886-8887 (1993): 1500.

Krasner, James. "Arthur Conan Doyle as Doctor and Writer." Mosaic : a Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 33.4 (2000): 19.

Stasiak, Lauren Anne. Victorian Professionals, Intersubjectivity, and the Fin-De-Siecle Gothic Text. Ph.D. University of Washington, 2002 United States -- Washington.

I'll take another stab at it later, but this does look like a neglected topic.

Behrooz said... May 22, 2007 at 8:40 AM

Scott: thank you so much for the post.
Mark: thanks for the search. I'll be back to see if you have found new things and will check these out.

Mark said... May 23, 2007 at 11:49 AM

Here is something else that may or may not be worthwhile:

Burton, Joan Charlene. A Panoply of Visions: Female Archetypes in the Life and Selected Early Fiction of Arthur Conan Doyle. Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1992 United States -- New York.

It's a dissertation that does deal with Doyle's early life, but it may not refer to the Holmes stories.

Behrooz said... May 25, 2007 at 10:01 AM

Thanks Mark. It's wonderful. How can I get it, you reckon?

Mark said... May 25, 2007 at 12:55 PM

My pleasure. It would probably be easiest to just contact your academic library's interlibrary loan department. I placed some more info. for you on my blog.

Anonymous said... June 16, 2007 at 8:29 AM

One of Doyles biggest influences was the French author Emile Gaboriau and his detective Monsieur Lecoq