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Jun 5, 2011
Please, stop asking if anyone is looking at this blog. I would bet that there are scads of fans of Longwood Opera. Of course, we are. Most blog watchers just don't often post, and unless they have something to say, we don't want to read it anyway.
A curious corollary and more detailed story to this is found at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sign_of_the_Four) - contents are extracted below. On the linked site you can see the cover pages for the magazines editions. ****** "A Successful Literary Dinner- Lippincott's Magazine, Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde" Many major literary works have had their genesis in magazines. Among the most important occurred by virtue of a literary dinner at the Langham Hotel in London in late Summer 1889 [ed. Note: August 30, 1889] between a literary agent, J.M. Stoddart, representing the editors of Lippincott's Magazine, and the esteemed authors, Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde. The young writers engaged in mutual flattery. They also discussed such topics as future wars and what Doyle later called ''the cynical maxim that the good fortune of our friends made us discontented.'' By the end of the meal Stoddart had accomplished what he had traveled all the way from Philadelphia for: commitments from Doyle and Wilde that each would write a short novel for Lippincott's. As a result, Wilde produced ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'' and Doyle the second appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, in ''The Sign of Four.'' These appearances are probably the true first editions and since they were published in their entirety are quite valuable and highly sought. One dealer currently lists the Wilde issue for sale at $12,500. The Doyle issue is even more highly sought. ****** [ed. Note: Lippincott's original price for the magazine was 25¢. However, it would have been wonderful to have over-heard that conversation. I am also wondering, if no one had commissioned these works, would we have "The Picture of Dorian Gray", or would the Sherlock Homes stories have ended with the first novel, "A Study in Scarlet"? This was the only novel of Oscar Wilde. This was the second novel of Conan Doyle, the first one written two years previous, did not get good reviews. In his autobiography, the reason that Conan Doyle said he kept on writing stories was that his Optometry business was so bad at the time that it allowed him plenty of time for writing between patients. Think of what we might has missed?
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