Fri, October 3, 2008 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
Arthur Conan Doyle's newly published letters make clear that he wanted to be remembered as a champion of spiritualism and as a historical novelist, though it is Sherlock Holmes who continues to capture the public imagination. But recent biographies and critical studies have presented a more rounded view of Conan Doyle, his beliefs as well as his work, which reveals both imagination and style. His medical training played a critical part in his career by enabling him to follow a logical progressRichard Jenkyns is Professor of the Classical Tradition, Oxford University, and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall. His work has focused mostly on classical influences, especially in nineteenth-century Britain, and on Latin poetry and Roman cultural history. He has published eight books including The Victorians and Ancient Greece (1980), Dignity and Decadence: Victorian Art and the Classical Inheritance (1991), Virgil's Experience (1998), Westminster Abbey (2004), and A Fine Brush.