The Sherlock Holmes Atlas



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What the #$%^& is this?
Why does this site exist?
How do I navigate around the site?
When I click on a map, the same map is reloaded...
What are you talking about when you refer to ______?
Where to find more about Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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What the #$%*& is this?

The Sherlock Holmes Atlas will eventually contain every geographical reference in every short story and novel written about Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Using a series of clickable maps (which correspond to the late Victorian era), you can browse the globe. Specific locations mentioned in the canon have a link containing the appropriate canonical quotation, some additional historic information, and perhaps a picture or photograph.

Why does this site exist?

Because the world wide web is a benign place to showcase one's eccentricities. I happen to have a fascination with Sherlock Holmes, the Victorian era, and geography in general. I also think it's fun to play around with HTML.

How do I move around?

On the maps: Click on any red text, icons, or shaded regions.
From the sidebar: In the navigation box, click on a blue ball to move up to the corresponding level. (The red ball should indicate where you presently are located, and grey balls are inactive.)
From a canonical reference page: You have the option of using the sidebar, or clicking the links in the title on the right column.

When I click on a map, nothing happens-- what's wrong?

Only certain regions on the maps are active. The maps are "client-side" image mapped, so if your cursor doesn't indicate an active link when placed on a map, that particular location is not yet available.

What are you talking about when you refer to ______?

The Canon: The 56 short stories and 4 novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle involving Sherlock Holmes. Any other author's tale involving Holmes is said to be "uncanonical."

The Great Hiatus: Following Holmes's encounter with Prof. Moriarty in The Final Problem, he travelled for three years while the rest of the world supposed him to be dead. The hiatus ended when he returned to London to solve The Adventure of the Empty House.

Sherlockian & Holmesian: Adjectives used to describe anything pertaining to Sherlock Holmes. For example: "My, that's a nice Sherlockian deerstalker hat that you're wearing!" When used as a noun, a fan of the Canon. For example.: "Only a true Holmesian would know where the Island of Uffa is." Americans generally prefer the term "Sherlockian," while Brits use "Holmesian."

The Game: The assumption that the Canon is gospel truth-- Doyle is merely "The Literary Agent" acting for the real-life Dr. Watson. Given this assumption, players of "The Game" attempt to reconcile the Canon with historic Victorian fact.

Where can I find out more about Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

There are a number of very nice Holmesian and Doylean sites on the web. Check out my list of related sites to get started.

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Last Modified: Jan. 21, 1999