Gyles Brandreth is an Englishman who writes mystery novels featuring real-life Victorians. He recently pointed out this interesting group. Ponder if you will:
Arthur Conan Doyle
Robert Louis Stevenson
What do these six men have in common, besides being famous British authors?
They made up the roster at a single dinner party. That's right, the creators of Dracula, Dorian Gray, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Jeckyl, Peter Pan, and A.J. Raffles once sat down for a festive meal together.
Imagine for one horrible second how literature would have changed if, say, a boiler had blown up the restaurant that night. My word, for one thing, cyberpunk might have died before being born.
And don't you wish we had a recording of what these six gentlemen discussed that night? And would anyone bet against me if I guessed it was taxes and the weather?
Mary Killen column in which Brandreth brought up the dinner party. Bon appetit!