5063RE: SHSI Prof Moriarty
- May 2, 2016
I think it must be the language Doyle employed in discussing Moriarty - as it states on Wikipedia: Moriarty is a criminal mastermind whom Holmes describes as the "Napoleon of crime". Doyle lifted the phrase from a Scotland Yard inspector who was referring to Adam Worth, a real-life criminal mastermind and one of the individuals upon whom the character of Moriarty was based.
Incidentally, if anyone is visiting London it's really worthwhile going to north London to walk around Highgate Cemetery. It's known for the grave of Karl Marx but Adam Worth is buried there (see above).
Prof Moriarty appears only in "the Final Problem" and the "Valley of Fear" despite which he is considered as Sherlock Holmes's primary antagonist.
SH had several adversaries who were formidable, Charles Augustus Milverton, Irene Adler, Mr. Jack Stapleton, Baron Adelbert Gruner etc. However, Prof Moriarty wields a disproportionate influence in the minds of Holmesians. Can anyone throw more light on this issue?
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