The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, 1848

While the name Brontë might not have meant anything to the reading public in 1848, the pseudonym of Bell was very well known.  Given the triple punch of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Agnes Grey, all the year before, Anne Brontë's second and final novel under the name of Acton Bell was an instant runaway success... a … Continue reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, 1848

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, 1847

After working my way through Charlotte Brontë's biography, it was a foregone conclusion Jane Eyre would be the next novel I picked up.  How could I not?  Charles Dickens was well-known for his turning of childhood traumas into literary devices that made adults sit up and take notice.  According to the biography, Brontë was the first one … Continue reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, 1847

Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman

My recent discovery of the Brontë sisters through their poetry made me want to discover more.  Before I read their novels, however, I wanted to learn who they were that I might better appreciate their work, as is my modus operandi when dealing with most authors before my own time, and especially for those whose works … Continue reading Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman

“The Adventure of the Final Problem” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

It is with a heavy heart that I take up my pen to write these the last words in which I shall ever record the singular gifts by which my friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes was distinguished. In an incoherent and, as I deeply feel, an entirely inadequate fashion, I have endeavoured to give some account … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Final Problem” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Naval Treaty” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

One of the longest of the early canon's short stories, "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty" was originally published in two parts.  Thankfully, we don't have to wait for the second half as the original readers of The Strand Magazine did back in the day.  Nor do we have to wait too long for "The … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Naval Treaty” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In terms of building the expanded world of Sherlock Holmes, this story takes leaps and bounds over the previous entries, and indeed most of the ones yet to come.  If you're looking for background on the Great Detective, the revelations here are fast and few, but they are impossibly big and carry ramifications that no … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Resident Patient” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Dr. Percy Trevelyan has a most unusual business arrangement.  Though a brilliant student, his funding is nowhere near sustainable.  A man by the name of Blessington has set up Dr. Trevelyan is a practice at a rather luxurious address, all expenses paid.  In return, he takes 75% of all earnings, collected every evening.  The arrangement … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Resident Patient” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle