Today is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the British writer who created the detective Sherlock Holmes. Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson are two of the best known characters in fiction, and they are still alive and well?a new film called ?Sherlock Homes? starring Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as (a very attractive) Dr. Watson is coming out at the end of the year. Charles Rzepka, a Professor of English at Boston University who studies detective fiction and is co-editing the Blackwell Companion to Crime Fiction, joins The Takeaway with a look at Conan Doyle's best known character.

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