The Adventure of the Elusive Postcard
Green Bag Almanac & Reader, pp. 442-448, 2015
7 Pages Posted: 18 May 2015
Date Written: May 17, 2015
In 1903, Collier’s Weekly made Arthur Conan Doyle a huge offer to resurrect Sherlock Holmes: $25,000 for 6 stories, $30,000 for 8 stories, or $45,000 for thirteen stories. Accepting the offer, Conan Doyle sent a postcard to his literary agent A. P. Watt. He kept it simple, responding, “Very well. A.C.D.” What followed were thirteen stories published in Collier’s Weekly, including the theme of the 2015 Green Bag Almanac & Reader, “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder.”
After hearing of Conan Doyle’s simple two-word acceptance by postcard of such a momentous contract, a Sherlockian lawyer probably could not help but ask inquisitively, “Where is this postcard?” Despite numerous accounts of the postcard in published pieces, none provide any clues to track it down. This article details how I tried.
Keywords: Arthur Conan Doyle, The Return of Sherlock Holmes
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