5065RE: SHSI Prof Moriarty
- May 2, 2016My friends:
The "identity" of Professor Moriarty has been a matter of discussion among Sherlockians for some time. There is, of course, the problem of the three brothers, all named James Moriarty, and there is also the question of earlier contacts between Sherlock and the Professor. There are several series, mostly Children's Books, that link Sherlock, Watson, Moriarty and others, as children or teenagers.
Finally, there are several authors who propose that "Professor Moriarty" was someone already known to Sherlock under another name. Like "solutions" to the identity of "Saucy Jack," these range from the prosaic to the ridiculous. The strongest case I know of in this line was made by Thomas Kent Miller in his crossover series linking Sherlock Holmes and Alan Quatermain. Miller proposes that the "Professor" was actually Sherlock and Mycroft's older brother, Sherrinford. Miller's case, at least, makes sense as do so few of the other identities proposed.
Philip K. Jones
An Illdressed Vagabond
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Subject: Re: SHSI Prof Moriarty
Perfect criminal, isn't he? Never gets his own hands dirty. Also, he's the only one as clever as the Holmes boys. Drove Sherlock to his death...
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On 02-May-2016, at 12:55, Tim Symonds tim.symonds@... [SherlockHolmesSocietyofIndia] <SherlockHolmesSocietyofIndia@...> wrote:
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 " <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon> Napoleon of crime". Doyle lifted the phrase from a Scotland Yard inspector who was referring to <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Worth> 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).
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Sent: 02 May 2016 06:09
Subject: SHSI Prof Moriarty
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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