Re: RARA-AVIS: Artifice, tradition, and all that jazz (Sherlock and Doyle).

From: Etienne Borgers (
Date: 24 Feb 2003

>Now Lestrade, he was hardboiled, and damned bad at it.

Yes, in certain ways.

I always felt that S.H. by Doyle owe much to the "adventures" serials
(feuilletons) that invaded the newspapers and "fascicules"(dime novels) of the 19th century than anything else. He is pure *earlier* 19th stuff... plus an investigator from the E.Poe stable.

On the other hand, in a few of his works, Doyle depicted a very "noir" Holmes: addicted to the seven per cent solution (dilution that is!), plays the violin to overcome bad thinking, and is strucked by very bad spleen attacks (you could say in modern words that he got the blues...). Pity that, later, Doyle dropped these angles that were probably the most original sides of his creation of a Victorian PI.

OK, Sherlockians, shoot me!!

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries

At 22:29 23-02-03 -0500, you wrote:
>At 12:13 PM 23/02/2003 +0000, you wrote:
>Funny, but I've never equated "cozy" with "traditional" (that was you Jim,
>I think.)

>Now Lestrade, he was hardboiled, and damned bad at it.

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