LuRKing on the Web

The Laurie R. King web site has dozens of corners and byways that, if you haven’t gone exploring there in a while, you may not have seen.

For example: If Watson were a Woman—not by Laurie King, but by guest author Fred Erisman, who explores an assertion made in 1941 by Rex Stout, that Watson was in fact a woman.  Yes, before Lucy Liu was even born.

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As Professor Erisman says:

The Watsonian voice, with all its assumptions and elisions, is so much a part of the Holmes stories that it raises a compelling question: what if Watson were someone else, and, more particularly, what if Watson were a woman?

“If Watson Were a Woman,” nestled in the LRK site, here.

Comments

  1. Merrily Taylor says:

    Yes, the idea that Watson was a woman is by no means a new one. I believe that there was even an idea that Holmes and (female) Watson were lovers, although I don’t whether it was Rex Stout who proposed it.

  2. I very much doubt if a Female Watson would have served with the British Army in Afghanistan during the unpleasantness there in the 19th Century … although today it would have been totally feasible.

    TBFO

  3. I doubt if a Female Watson would have served with the British Army in Afghanistan during the unpleasantness there in the 19th Century … although in the 21st Century, it would be most likely.

    TBFO

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