Is Sherlock Holmes the first of the modern supermen of the West? Part of what fascinates Nachmu about the genius of Arthur Conan Doyle is his portrayal of Holmes as a Messiah Within the Limits of Reason Alone. Continue reading
Or, more properly, Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D., Late of the Army Medical Department. I think this is telling: a medical doctor giving an account of a miracle worker. Nevertheless, Sherlock Holmes is introduced to us, not so much as a study of an extraordinary character (the product of Doyle’s extraordinary Late Victorian Era imagination), but as a study of a sclerotic, injured, convalescing defender of the Queen’s Empire.