This interview shows how close we came to a world without Sherlock Holmes. If it were not for Arthur Conan Doyle's friend, Bertram Fletcher Robinson, there would have been no Sherlock Holmes phenomenon.
A World Without Sherlock Holmes?
BBC Radio Wales Interview with Paul Spiring reveals the payments from Arthur Conan Doyle to his friend Bertram Fletcher Robinson for help with the story ‘The Hound of The Baskervilles’.
‘The Hound’ was the story that turned Holmes into a worldwide phenomenon, and if it were not for Robinson’s involvement there would have been no Hound, and Holmes would not have gone on to be the father of all modern crime fiction. Until now that had been debatable, not any more.
Spiring reveals that Conan Doyle paid Robinson the modern day equivalent of £45,000 for his contribution to the storyline which finally reaffirms that the contribution was very significant. Spiring goes into more detail in his recent book.
- Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and Devon.
More detail also in this article from Spiring’s publishers MX Publishing
– A World Without Sherlock Holmes?