I visited your blog and looked over your thesis. Due to the length, I haven't read it all, but I hope to soon.
Thanks for taking the time!
if that is your truth.
I'm constantly aware that we are discussing fiction so I don't see my thesis as a hill I'd even duck on . I do believe my thesis is defensible though.
Frankly I am not interested in living in a world where Sherlock Holmes is not an heroic figure, even if, at times, he flouted conventional ideas or avenues of justice to suit his own internal standards of what was right and fair.
My wife said the same :-) It's a sentiment I understand and it's not my intention to hurt anyone's feelings. As I reread The Final Problem early last year, I tweeted that someone should write a screenplay that showed Holmes as Moriarty. I chewed over it for 6 months before actually doing the research to make my case. But since I have zero artistic talent, I instead wrote it as in the blog.
I do apologize for the length (nearly four thousand words) but I wanted to make an airtight case :-)
I look forward to your further thoughts upon completion.
But how do you justify the label of 'Sherlock Holmes, Kingpin & Criminal Mastermind' to the stellar character we get in the other 58 stories?
This is a fair question. As I say in the blog,
Of course, since I cannot prove that Holmes was the criminal mastermind, I shall merely present facts that point in that direction.
Surely a criminal mastermind wouldn't present himself time and again as such an incorruptible force for Good?
Here we must be careful. When assessing what a person is and isn't capable of, I believe we cannot make broad statements. The most timid man can, for almost no reason, suddenly become a very aggressive and rude person. In fiction more so than fact.
Holmes never presents himself as incorruptible. He would hang out at opium dens, he boasted of his criminal connections, he employed a legion of young boys to do his handy work, etc.
Are you familiar with Michael Dibdin's The Last Sherlock Holmes Story? Using 'evidence' from the Canon itself, Dibdin basically scooped your thesis back in 1978. I don't want to say any more until I've heard if you read it or not. If you haven't, find a copy, and then we will talk further.
I am not. Thank you for the recommendation. I will look him up. I'm not surprised that someone beat me to it—and before I was born!—but I will also add that I quite consciously did not search for any until I'd written my version.
Once again, thanks for your time and feedback. Do know that I revere Holmes myself. If anything I tried to look at him with cold dispassionate eyes. If anything, I love him and ACD more.