May 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Fans of Doyle’s writings might enjoy browsing (from the comfort of the chair in front of their computer screen) the Toronto Public Library’s virtual exhibit of the items in their Doyle Collection. (Did you know Doyle made four visits to Canada?)
Meanwhile, the City of Westminster Library has posted an online exhibit of information about Doyle’s extensive nonfiction works. (Did you know that Doyle published poetry as well as detective novels, and wrote extensively on – among many other topics – spiritualism?)
The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System owns many of Doyle’s works (some in audiobook format as well as in print format), and numerous books about him, including the recently published Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle: A Biography by Russell Miller.
Found at the Librarians’ Internet Index
Postscript: Renewed popular interest in Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories is likely to result from the upcoming release of a new movie this coming Christmas. Robert Downey, Jr. plays Holmes, and Jude Law plays his side-kick Dr. Watson.