'Sherlock Holmes' manuscript donated by Conan Doyle estate

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The original manuscript of a Sherlock Holmes story is being donated today to the National Library of Scotland.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 'The Adventure of the Illustrious Client' in 1924. Three years later it was published as the first story in the last Sherlock Holmes compilation, 'The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes'. Set in 1902, it tells how the famous fictional detective saved a young Englishwoman from a potentially deadly marriage.

The manuscript was bequeathed by the author's daughter, who died in 1997. It is officially handed over this afternoon by the executor of Dame Jean Conan Doyle's estate, Charles Foley. This is the latest addition to our collection of Arthur Conan Doyle's papers. Read our Sherlock Holmes press release for more information.

29 June 2006

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