Conan Doyle and Hungary
Hungarian references in the life and works of Conan Doyle
We, the editors of the site are Hungarian, and we are very proud of the fact that the world famous Conan Doyle referred to Hungary several times.
Hungarian references in the life and works of Conan Doyle:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle mentioned Hungary more than once in the Sherlock Holmes short stories. In The Devil’s Foot one sample of the powder of Radix pedis diaboli can be found in Budapest. In The Greek Interpreter Holmes receives a letter from the Hungarian Police. In the Last Vampyre Holmes mentions vampire stories in Hungary.
In the story of His Last Bow Holmes is in disguise, so he has the chance to uncover the Prussian spy van Bork. Holmes sets up as an American whose name is Altamont. The spy mentions that Altamont is taking a shine on the drink which is tokaji, a famous Hungarian sweet wine.
Doyle has a non-Sherlockian short story, The Silver Hatchet, in which he writes about a mysterious murder in Hungary. His famous friend, the illusionist Harry Houdini was born in Budapest as Erik Weiss.
" Hungarian references in the life and works of Conan Doyle "
When he was traveling around the world to give lectures on spiritualism, Doyle visited Hungary as well. - Source: In 2008 the ophtalmologist Prof. dr. Magdolna Zajácz wrote an article to the Hungarian journal Orvosi Hetilap (Medical Weekly) entitled 'Medical history curiosities in the life and work of Arthur Conan Doyle'.
In 1925 the International Spiritualist Congress was held in Paris. Conan Doyle gave two lectures and he also was named Honorary President of the event. During the Congress he had been interviewed by Hungarian writer Sándor Márai.
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Originally Károly Grünberg (1871-1920) was a Hungarian actor and singer who had a play with songs about the sleuth entitled Sherlock Hochmec, the Greatest Detective. The adventures of Holmes were accessible in Hungary as cheap booklets. Baumann is very important because he acted and sang in Hungarian when the official language of the cultural life was German. Acknowledging his efforts, the capital gave him a honorary grave. The creators of Sherlockian-Sherlock.com are very proud of the actor.
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