What a week it’s been for the Potterverse. No sooner do we get back from donating our copies of The Casual Vacancy to the used bookstore, than we discover that the entire Harry Potter series was written under a pseudonym, and that the real author is a retired bank manager named Robert Q. Galbraith, O.B.E.
No—wait. That didn’t happen.
In celebration of Sherlock Holmes Week (July 30-August 5), here are some free online resources for reading and watching the great detective:
- Read Sherlock! : since the original Sherlock Holmes stories have expired copyrights, they are freely available on many web sites. I like this one for ease of reading online, with eye-appealing features like clear text fonts and line lengths.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: free web books (University of Adelaide) : This site also contains all of Conan Doyle’s stories online, but you can also download the stories here for free to your Nook or Kindle!
- Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: free audio book. If you’d like to listen to an audio book, here’s a free collection of short stories you can download and listen to in the gym, in the car, or anywhere.
- Librivox: Arthur Conan Doyle. You can also find free audio books to download here, read by volunteers.
- Sherlock Holmes (1954). The first and only American television series of Sherlock Holmes adventures aired in syndication in the fall of 1954. Thirty-nine (39) half-hour mostly original stories starred Ronald Howard (son of Leslie Howard) as Holmes and Howard Marion Crawford as Watson. Now with an expired copyright, the series is available to watch free online here!
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 1927 interview. A rare television appearance by Conan Doyle discussing the creation of his fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes.
According to this website, today is the first day of the first annual Sherlock Holmes Week, which this year runs from July 30 through August 5. So welcome all of you Sherlockians to a week here at The Hog’s Head that will be filled with Sherlock-related posts and contests (see the First Sherlock Contest rules below the jump)!
This past year has seen a number of tributes to one of literature’s greatest detectives: BBC’s justifiably well-regarded Sherlock series (starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman), the second Holmes film Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law), two Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy volumes (one edited by Josef Steiff and the other forthcoming one edited by Philip Tallon and David Baggett).
These represent just a few of the most current highlights of the ongoing, more-than-century-long fascination with all-things-Sherlock. Did you know that . . .