New Sherlock Holmes Story Might Not Have Been Written By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

February 23, 2015 6:12 PM

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New Sherlock Holmes Story Might Not Have Been Written By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A long-lost Sherlock Holmes story, reportedly penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for a benefit bazaar to raise money for a bridge in Selkirk, Scotland, has been discovered in an attic where it had been forgotten for decades. Conan Doyle himself was a guest of honor at the bazaar to rebuild Selkirk’s bridge in 1904. The newly unearthed story, entitled "Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar," appeared in a small collection, “The Book o’ the Brig,” sold at the bazaar to support the cause. Walter Elliot, a historian, had owned the book for so many years he told The Telegraph he'd forgotten how he’d acquired it, but he only recently thought to excavate and display the century-old pamphlet.

Scarcely had the new story come to light, however, before strident doubts about the authorship were expressed. Swedish writer and Holmes expert Mattias Boström noted that there’s no mention in advertisements and bazaar records of Conan Doyle contributing an original piece, and other fans have argued...

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