From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Robert Barr (16 september 1849 – 21 october 1912) was a Scottish-Canadian writer and a friend of Arthur Conan Doyle. He also founded the magazine The Idler which published 1 novel, 6 short stories and 1 article (The Glamour of the Arctic) written by Arthur Conan Doyle and 1 interview of Conan Doyle.
Conan Doyle about Robert Barr
- Literature at the Booksellers' Dinner (letter, 12 april 1893)
- « I mentioned two well-known Canadian writers, Gilbert Parker and Robert Barr. Even the desirability of brevity does not justify your representative in telescoping then together, and naming the compound Gilbert Barr. I should be obliged if you would publish this slight correction. »
- Rodney Stone (preface, 1896)
- « I am also much indebted to my friends Mr. J. C. Parkinson and Robert Barr for information upon the subject of the ring. »
- Through the Magic Door (december 1906 and november 1907, Cassell's Magazine )
- « They are the three volumes of "Pugilistica," given me years ago by my old friend, Robert Barr, a mine in which you can never pick for half an hour without striking it rich. »
- Memories and Adventures (chap. XII, 1924)
- « He [Jerome K. Jerome] was associated in the editorship of "The Idler" with Robert Barr, a volcanic Anglo-or rather Scot-American, with a violent manner, a wealth of strong adjectives, and one of the kindest of natures underneath it all. »
Articles by Robert Barr
- A Chat with Conan Doyle (october 1894, The Idler [UK])
- A Dialogue between Conan Doyle and Robert Barr (november 1894, McClure's Magazine [US])
Robert Barr and Arthur Conan Doyle.
Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Barr at Dr. Doyle's house at Norwood.
Robert Barr and Arthur Conan Doyle at Dr. Doyle's House, South Norwood.
- In the TV series The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, episode 5 of season 2 The Absent-Minded Coterie is adapted from a Robert Barr short story with French detective Eugene Valmont.
- In may 1892, Robert Barr published his sherlockian pastiche Detective Stories Gone Wrong: The Adventures of Sherlaw Kombs in The Idler magazine. The story was reprinted in book form two years later as "The Great Pegram Mystery".