There are some people like me who love Sherlock Holmes and are very interested in his creator. Then there are others for whom Conan Doyle is, at most, the literary agent and they have no interest in him beyond that.
|Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) so much more than an agent|
The latter group need to think on this simple fact. The people who believed in Holmes and regarded Conan Doyle as little more than a Holmes writing machine caused, in no small part, Sherlock Holmes’s death.
It was the public’s obsession with Holmes and the constant demand for new stories that led to Conan Doyle feeling suffocated and frustrated. These feelings directly led to the decision to send Holmes to Reichenbach.
Fortunately Conan Doyle resurrected Holmes and did not kill him again prior to his own death. This means that Holmes can never die but this does not, in my opinion, free people of an obligation to show respect to Conan Doyle (and perhaps attempt to learn a little about him) and not be so quick to dismiss or relegate him to little more than a supporting role.