Lost and Found A historian has discovered a lost Sherlock Holmes
story in the attic of his Selkirk, Scotland home. Image courtesy of
Ricky Leaver/Loop images/Corbis via Smithsonian.com.
A historian from the Scottish burgh of Selkirk ("best known for bannock, a dried fruitcake" in case you were wondering) has uncovered a lost Sherlock Holmes story in his attic. After the town's bridge was swept away in a flood, Arthur Conan Doyle (purportedly) penned the tale to raise money for a new one. Slate.com
The story, lavishly titled Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, By Deduction, the Brig Bazaar, is a brief imaginary interview with Sherlock Holmes and his trusty Watson, who has the audacity to turn down a trip to Scotland with Holmes. Smithsonian.com
The mystery-within-a-mystery: did Doyle really write it? Although doubts regarding the story's authorship were quick to surface, the Sherlock lovers among us may still find the prospect of a "new" Holmes-Watson interaction, however brief, intriguing. The discovery also begs the question--what's afoot in your attic?
Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, By Deduction, the Brig Bazaar Discover electronic and print versions of some of Doyle's other work--as well as materials about the author--in the collections of the TWU Libraries. Simply search for Arthur Conan Doyle using the TWUniversal Search box on the libraries' homepage.