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We remember the man who created Sherlock Holmes on the anniversary of the date of his birth.
"he had created a local hero" [VALL] On May 22, 1859, Arthur Igantius Conan Doyle was born to Charles and Mary (Foley) Doyle in Edinburgh, Scottland. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was many things - a man of action who counted boxi...
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Al Clark

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"Evidence that Staffordshire police fabricated letters to the Sherlock Holmes creator revealed at auction"
Evidence that Staffordshire police fabricated letters to the Sherlock Holmes creator revealed at auction
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Al Clark

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At io9: "A Sherlock Holmes short story, penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was recently discovered in an attic. And has now the 111-year-old lost short has been transcribed for you to read. So put on your deerstalker, and enjoy. "
A Sherlock Holmes short story, penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was recently discovered in an attic. And has now the 111-year-old lost short has been transcribed for you to read. So put on your deerstalker, and enjoy.
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Except Sir Arthur Conan Doyle didn't write it: ihose.co/ACD_not
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James O'Leary

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I know this was discussed on the community website earlier, but when you read an article with a ridiculous premise such as "Doyle made Holmes chuckle because he hated him and wanted Holmes to look like a doofus", you tend to get inattentive towards the end. Here's how Joe Queenan ends his article: "Last winter, hundreds of rough drafts of famous Sherlock Holmes stories were unearthed in the basement of the British Museum. In them, Holmes chuckles, Dr. Watson chuckles, Mycroft Holmes chuckles, even the demonic Professor Moriarty chuckles. They chuckle often and they chuckle loudly. But Doyle’s editors wisely forced him to delete most of these passages because they did such violence to the otherwise serious mood of the stories."
 
HUNDREDS OF ROUGH DRAFTS OF FAMOUS SHERLOCK HOLMES STORIES WERE UNEARTHED?! Where was I when this earth-shattering news was made? This is the real story, not an opinion piece about chuckleheads who don't know what chuckling is. According to Queenan "hundreds of rough drafts" were found in the British Museum's basement of Doyle's Holmes stories--note that "Doyle's editors" forced the deletion of the the offensive chuckles, so we're not talking about the Museum's famed pastiche manuscript library. So is this "hundreds" of different Holmes stories, meaning Doyle's Canon has now been greatly expanded? This would be like the Vatican announcing "Oh, by the way, we were doing a little fall cleaning and came across a hundred previously unknown Da Vinci  paintings. See you at mass on Sunday"

Is this "hundreds" of pages of rough drafts of the known stories? If so, this would still be momentous as the number of extant manuscripts are finite and each new example of Doyle at his craft adds to our body of knowledge about the author and the world of Holmes. The BSI Manuscript Series has proved to be a trove of unexpected delights. In the recent "Irregular Stain" we find out that the celebrated line "Now, Watson, the fair sex is your department." was an afterthought.

Or is this "hundreds" of rough drafts of one story--as both Mycroft and Professor Moriarty are mentioned by Queenan as chuckling, that one story would have to be "The Final Problem", the only one which both appear in. Again, this would be worthy news as up till now it was thought that Doyle produced few rough drafts of any story. While he was known to make notes in preparation and during research, especially for his historical novels, he usually had given such deep thought to stories before hand that when it came time to write, it was usually one draft with few edits. But if there were "hundreds" of drafts of FINA, that means Doyle didn't toss off the Reichenbach incident as a quick way to kill Holmes, but was so unhappy with earlier results, he kept writing until he got it right. Just imagine what insights those rough drafts might contain. Could be that Holmes did not initially plunge off the Falls, but was shot by Moriarty, or stabbed, or killed by that falling brick. Perhaps Moriarty wasn't originally a Professor of Mathematics, maybe, shades of "BBC Sherlock" he was a Punch and Judy puppeteer entertaining children.

Whatever the true facts are about the "hundreds of rough drafts of famous Sherlock Holmes stories were unearthed in the basement of the British Museum", we can be sure one thing, it's not hyperbole by Queenen and the Weekly Standard owes us a follow-up story from that dusty basement.
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+Burt Wolder It would be interesting to see where this idea that "chuckling is for namby-pambys" came from. It might also be interesting to survey other of Doyle's non-Holmes stories to see if chuckling is used by the characters. But really, the more I think about this article, the more I realize its author came upon a ridiculous notion from two other authors and pulled "facts" from mid-air (or some other place) to forward the thesis--those drafts with the editor-deleted chuckles--to foist on an unsuspecting Sherlockian public as click-bait. You're absolutely right, no matter how much Doyle "hated" Holmes, writing sub-par stories wouldn't hurt a fictional character, but a very real-life author's checkbook and reputation.
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Jessi Levine

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"In tribute to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s brief tenancy, Plymouth council embedded a series of quotations from the Sherlock Holmes stories into the sidewalk of Durnford Street. These sit just outside people’s houses, in a nondescript road near the harbor." 
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Bruce Partington-Plans

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Undershaw in Surrey, built by Sherlock Holmes's creator to care for his wife, purchased by charitable trust
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Jack Wilson

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Victorian church where Arthur Conan Doyle tried to contact the dead goes on the market for £500,000
The Cedars Spiritualist Church in Ipswich, Suffolk - once a hotbed of British spiritualism - was regularly visited by the writer.
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Scott Monty
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He may have been way off base in his belief of Spiritualism, but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was prescient about his expectations in The Lost World.
Scientists have discovered a "Lost World" of unknown creatures in a rainforest perched on boulders in a remote part of Queensland
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James O'Leary

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What happens with Holmes does not necessarily stay on Baker Street.
Also see: http://free-sherlock.com/
Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd. has so far refused to answer a lawsuit brought by a Holmes expert.
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I'm surprised the Estate has been so silent. Either they thought the case would go away, or they've decided fighting isn't worth it.
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Al Clark

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Not top shelf Conan Doyle it seems.
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Jessi Levine

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"Sherlock Holmes was based on a real man, a physician who trained Arthur Conan Doyle at the University of Edinburgh. During his medical lectures, Joseph Bell regularly astonished his students with insights into his patients' lives and characters."
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Yes there is a documentary on you tube called the real Sherlock Holmes it is about Joseph Bell 
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Jessi Levine

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"Papers submitted to the planning committee said the plans would see the building become an upper school for the nearby Stepping Stones School. Conan Doyle's former study would be the head teacher's office and restored to how it looked in the author's time…"
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Jessi Levine

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Omg, yay, look!!!! My school had 2 original connandoyl books, and I chose this one!!!!!
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mikeforsyth1

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In new novel Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & Harry Houdini solve a paranormal mystery.
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Jack Wilson

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Arthur Conan Doyle is among the writers whose first world war propaganda is available on Project Gutenberg.
Thanks to Project Gutenberg and Oxford University's poetry archive, the literature of the first world war has never been more accessible
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Jack Wilson

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Campaigners want to restore the building to the way it was when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lived there. Two bids have been made to improve the listed building status of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's former home in Surrey.
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James O'Leary

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Dr. Watson meet Dr. Freud.
The estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has finally answered a lawsuit brought by Leslie Klinger, an author, editor and Sherlock Holmes expert who is attempting to demonstrate that the copyright has expired on major story elements of the famous detective. Klinger sued in February and wants an order that enjoins the Doyle estate from further asserting certain rights. Throughout the years, there's been many versions of Sherlock Holmes including Warne...
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+Tim Greer Get started on writing that amicus brief.
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