Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Sherlock Holmes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lots of useful information - an excellent starting point for Sherlockians new to the Web

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Sherlock Holmes creator's papers sold

"Thousands of personal papers belonging to Sherlock Holmes creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, fetched $1.7 million at an auction Wednesday, with many items sold to private U.S. collectors."
Scotsman.com News - Entertainment - Arts - �30,000 secures Conan Doyle letters

"GLASGOW City Council has bought a rich trove of papers revealing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s long campaign to free Oscar Slater, the man convicted in one of Scotland’s most notorious murder cases.

It includes the letter by Slater, who stood trial in Edinburgh in 1909 for the murder of Marion Gilchrist, a wealthy spinster, which was famously smuggled out of Peterhead Prison hidden in a fellow inmate’s dentures.

Glasgow made the successful bid of £30,000 in a contentious auction of the Sherlock Holmes author’s papers this week, buying the documents for their reserve price. "

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Bloomberg.com: U.K.- "Conan Doyle Sale Stirs Protests From British Library:

"Papers from the desk of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of fictional pipe-smoking detective May 18 (Bloomberg) -- Papers from the desk of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of fictional pipe-smoking detective Sherlock Holmes, are scheduled to be auctioned in London on Wednesday by Christie's International Plc for as much as an estimated 1.5 million pounds ($2.7 million) amid protests from the British Library.

``This is important material that hasn't been seen before, and it's a matter of regret that it's being broken up and sold at auction,'' said Catriona Finlayson, a spokeswoman for the British Library, which has been collecting manuscripts since the 18th century. While Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, many of his manuscripts are in the U.S., and the auction may put more of them there, she said in an interview. "

Monday, May 17, 2004

Sherlock Holmes and the case of the vanishing treasures

via Scotsman.com

SCOTLAND’S foremost expert on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has launched a last-minute campaign to ensure that recently-discovered papers by the Sherlock Holmes author, which are due to be auctioned by Christie’s, are saved for the British nation.

Owen Dudley Edwards, a historian at Edinburgh University and editor of The Oxford Sherlock Holmes, is calling on the government to step in to ensure that a key part of the Edinburgh-born author’s legacy is saved for researchers and the public.

"When this sale was announced there was tremendous surprise and anger," he said. "I am thinking about posterity - for the next 100 to 200 years."
Conan Doyle Archive Goes on Display

via Newsday

LONDON -- Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts got a rare glimpse into the private world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as thousands of personal papers -- from his passport to his jotted-down story ideas -- went on display Friday.

At the same time, the archive has become entwined in a mystery worthy of Conan Doyle's celebrated fictional detective: the bizarre death of a leading Holmes scholar.

Friday, May 07, 2004

Sherlocktron's Holmepage

Willis G. Frick's Sherlocktron was one of the first Sherlockian resources on the net that I ever visited. Though it hasn't been updated in awhile it still has masses of useful links and information plus some examples of Mr. Frick's scholarship.
On The Question of Sherlock's Oldest Brother
by Willis G. Frick