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permits the Secretary will make them available.



 
 
 

Post from WJ, Illinois, USA, 06-00:

Let me congratulate you on a splendid site. The Club is inviting, comfortable and informative. Well done!

I am seeking versions of the Canon in HyperCard format. I already have a number of the books in this format, and find them to be very useful for online reading as well as text searches. These versions used to be available on one of the university ftp sites, but I can no longer find them. I would appreciate it if any member could tell me where I might find the Holmes stories in HyperCard. Thanks.


  
Sir:

Thank you for the kind words.  I have forwarded your request to other Club Members and, of course, included it here in the Morning Post.  If other visitors know of a site which will assist, please send a post to the Diogenes Club and we will forward it to him.

The Diogenes Club Secretary


 
 
From JH, Ohio, USA, 05-00:

I visited the site and want to congratulate you on a marvelous piece of scholarship.  I've added it to my favorites and plan to return.


  
Sir:

Thank you so much.  It is always a pleasure to hear from others who enjoy the Sacred Writings.  Please do stop by often.

The Diogenes Club Secretary


 
 
Post from Christopher Redmond of Sherlockian.Net, Canada, 03-00:

Thank you, again, for letting me know about your updates.  I've added another link or two from Sherlockian.Net -- I'm particularly impressed by the library pages!  Best regards.


  
Mr. Redmond:

Thank you so much.  Coming from you, this is high praise, indeed. 

The Diogenes Club Secretary


 
Post from Fred Porlock of Yoxley Old Place, Canada, 02-00:

I must say it's been awhile since I looked around the club and you're doing a fantastic job on it and it has come along very nicely. (Nice enough to jump straight to 011 rather than starting off on 081, something not done since I first created 011 in May '97)

Diogenes Note:  011 at Yoxley Old Place is "Sherlockian Sites of Note", a listing of the dozen or so "very best Sherlock Holmes sites on the net".  081 is part of the 1200 or so Sherlock Holmes links Yoxley has on site.


  
Mr. Porlock:

Thank you so much.  The Diogenes Club Management is proud to have such a singular honor bestowed upon us from Yoxley Old Place.  We hope we will be able to continue in improving the site so that the Club continues to be a "Sherlockian Site of Note".  Thank you. 

The Diogenes Club Secretary


 
Post from DL, New Jersey, USA, 11-99:

Hope you might be of some assistance in making my research a bit more efficient.  I, as an instructor of English Literature at an American public high school in central New Jersey, am developing curriculum for a new course on the mystery and tales of ratiocination.

However, in developing this, I have come up against a curious anomaly.  I have been unable to locate a resourse that lists or chronicles the adventures of Mycroft, the tales he appeared in, the ones he was only alluded to, or possibly adventures that some scholars might argue he penned.  Is there such a resource? After all these years, could there not be? Can you help?????  Thank You! 

 
Sir:

Thank you for your post to The Diogenes Club.  Perhaps this information will point you in a helpful direction.  Many readers consider Mycroft as the "enigmatic" figure in the Canon.  He appeared in and played an important role in 2 stories:
    The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter
    The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans

He is mentioned in two others:
    The Final Problem
    The Adventure of the Empty House

In the first two, we find out about his existence, what he does, the Diogenes Club etc.  In the second two, he plays a smaller part (he was the driver of the cab in one and he knew Holmes was still alive and maintained his rooms etc. in the other).  Please review these four stories for direct/indirect information about Mycroft.  Unfortunately, other than these four, he never "had any adventures" in the Canon.  There have been, however, a number of pastiches featuring Mycroft as the main character.  To name three:
    Enter the Lion by Hodel & Wright
    Embassy Row by Quinn Fawcett
and
    Against the Brotherhood by Quinn Fawcett

There may be some others, but they did not "jump out at me" in my brief research on this topic.  The Fawcett novels are fairly new and you may find them at many libraries or book stores. Enter the Lion is out of print, but often available in used book stores.

Many other pastiches feature Mycroft as a supporting character, but still center upon Holmes and Watson.  These include the Nicholas Meyer pastiches (7 Percent Solution, etc) and the Laurie King pastiches (The Beekeeper's Apprentice, etc).  Please refer to the listing in The Diogenes Club under "Required Readings" for a partial list of some of the more important pastiches.  There are, of course, many other stories and novels which are not included there.  Some of the other Sherlockian sites have lists of current pastiches by title and many of the homepages have lists of "these are the books I own", either of which may assist you.  Please utilize the "Stranger's Room" to link to some of the more important Sherlockian WebSites.

For some general background and research potential, please consider the following resources:
    The Annotated Sherlock Holmes by William S. Baring-Gould (most libraries have it.  This is literally a treasure trove of information about the Canon and even non-canonical issues.)
    The Encyclopedia Sherlockiana by Jack Tracy
    Encyclopedia Sherlockiana by Matthew Bunson
    The Sherlock Holmes Encyclopedia by Orlando Park
    Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street by William S. Baring-Gould
    The Baker Street Journal (periodicals)
    and, of course, virtually any of the Required Readings

With respect to taking credit for actually writing any of the adventures, to my knowledge, Mycroft Holmes never did this.  All of the stories (except for a few: one in first person which Holmes wrote and others in third person written by unknowns, but commonly attributed to the Agent) were attributed to John H. Watson  M.D. by the Agent, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  In a brief look around, I have seen no scholarship which has attributed any of them to Mycroft.  Although my library of Sherlockiana includes many more volumes than those posted in The Diogenes Club, I don't have access to everything written, so please do look further.

As to the possiblity that Mycroft would be the author of any of the works:  I would be surprised.  Mycroft, by description, is a "bean counter" in today's vernacular and a founding member of a club of "unclubbable" men, whose primary rule was "no member shall take the least notice of another".  As Holmes put it, "Mycroft has his rails and he runs on them..."  And he DID only run on them.  Holmes made it clear that his brother would rather have been considered wrong than to have taken the time to assure he was right!  I would not expect that the highly "sensationalized" stories, which Holmes often considered "romanticized" by Dr. Watson as well, would be the work of such an individual. Of course, other Sherlockian scholars may disagree with this, but I found nothing to the contrary in my brief review.

I hope that this will be helpful in development of your curriculum.  Please do not hesitate to contact The Diogenes Club if you have any questions or difficulties or come across areas with which you may need assistance.  We would be happy to oblige.   Again, thank you for your post.

The Diogenes Club Secretary


 

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