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Edgar W. Smith, having read Vincent Starrett's book The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, wrote to Starrett on October 15, 1936 offering some insightful comments on the work and asking for advice on a book Smith was working on.  That book appeared as Appointment in Baker Street in 1939.  Starrett did not reply to Smith for nearly a year and in this 1937 letter he explains why.
Letter, Vincent Starrett to Edgar W. Smith, August 16, 1937
Letter, Vincent Starrett to Edgar W. Smith, August 16, 1937

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Glen S. Miranker donated this letter to the BSI Trust in 2005.

Related Materials

"A Gift to the Archives" by Glen S. Miranker, For the Sake of the Trust, Vol 1. No.1 (Fall 2005), pp. 1-7.
The Fall 2005 Newsletter (4 MB PDF) includes a transcription of this letter and related information.

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