A couple of decades ago, not knowing that someone would eventually dramatize the entire Canon on radio, I had a dream of creating a series of radio plays that would tell the story of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson chronologically.
In essence, The Saga of Sherlock Holmes, as I called it, was an anthology of stories I considered to be necessarily the best -- my favorite canonical novel isn't even included -- but, rather, the most significant in terms of the Holmes biography.
I didn't envision that they would be actually broadcast. The short stories would be half-hour dramas packaged together, two to a cassette, and the novels would be done in one tape of an hour or an hour and a half. Here are stories that would be included and a brief description of why:
"The Adventure of 'The Gloria Scott'" -- Holmes's first unofficial case
"The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual" -- Holmes's third official case
A Study in Scarlet -- Holmes meets Watson
The Sign of Four -- Watson weds
"A Scandal in Bohemia" -- Enter the woman
"The Greek Interpreter" -- Enter the Lion (Mycroft)
"The Final Problem" -- The death of Sherlock Holmes
"The Adventure of the Empty House" -- The resurrection
"The Adventure of the Bruce-Parington Plans" -- Mycroft redux
"The Adventure of the Soldier" -- Holmes alone
(Introduce with Watson's intrdoction to His Last Bow)
"The Lion's Mane" -- Holmes in retirement
"His Last Bow" -- An epilogue of Sherlock Holmes
I don't know in what year I wrote this outline, but here's a clue about the general time-frame: The copy in my files was printed out on a dot matrix printer.
So how did I do? Is there any story that you consider essential to the saga of Sherlock Holmes -- not just a good story, but an important part of his life's story -- that I left out?
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