The mystery novel that I am writing now, The Disappearance of Mr. James Phillimore, revolves around a debate in London. I wanted it to be unlike The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate sponsored by my publisher, so the issue is, "Who is the most important detective in fiction -- Sherlock Holmes or Poe's C. Auguste Dupin?"
Sebastian McCabe,BSI, argues for Holmes and Sir Stephen Fresch argues for Dupin. You'll have to read the book to find out who wins. But during the debate, Sir Stephen quotes one of my favorite non-Sherlockian quotes from ACD:
He, the created, would scoff and would sneer,You may recognize this as part of Sir Arthur's response to criticism of Holmes's dismissal of Poe and Dupin in the early pages of A Study in Scarlet.
Where I, the creator would bow and revere.
So please grip this fact with cerebral tentacle:
The doll and its maker are never identical.
While I was working on my book over the weekend, I had occasion to open my Heritage Club edition of Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination. I was surprised to find that the introduction was written by Vincent Starrett, one of the greatest Sherlockians of all time. He writes:
"Poe was the great root from which the whole art of the modern short-story has grown, in the opinion of one of his disciples, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle."