Off Beat Sherlock Holmes inspires imagined correspondence

first_imgcolumbian.com/news/2013/oct/20/game-afoot-omsi-exhibit-sherlock-holmesEven though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in 1930, the Sherlock Holmes bookshelf gets longer.Some stories have been written by devotees like the Baker Street Irregulars.Some use references in the stories as launching points for their takes on Holmes. A new exhibit about Holmes at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (which we wrote about on Oct. 20) offers an example; it’s from someone who really can be described as a man of letters.Jon Lellenberg, who helped create the exhibit, said a featured display includes a contribution from Peter G. Ashman, a Baker Street Irregular who died this year.In describing the sitting room at 221B Baker Street, Conan Doyle referred to unanswered pieces of correspondence that Holmes pinned to his mantel with a jackknife. When that scene was assembled, designers pinned a prop to the mantel.But Lellenberg remembered that Ashman had written several letters to Holmes under the collective title “Pinned to the Mantel.”“I got four other friends of Peter’s from the Baker Street Irregulars to join me in creating forgeries of these letters to take the place of the prop,” he said.Some lettersOne was a publisher’s letter rejecting Holmes’ book about his career, calling his crime-solving process “pathetically unrealistic” and an insult to the intelligence of the average reader.last_img

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