Monday, May 17, 2004

Sherlock Holmes and the case of the vanishing treasures


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."

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