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As well as deft allusions to unexpected writers including Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, he works in references to authors, such as TS Eliot, who have paid literary homage to the Conan Doyle canon witness his "grimpen" in
On the edge of a grimpen, where is no secure foothold,
Less well known, however, is the fact that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in relating Holmes's exploits contributed a new word to the English language: grimpen.
It can be said, therefore, that as a common noun grimpen does not exist in the English language.
Mr. Hall has fallen into a grimpen of his own making by failing to review the continued validity of his sources, and Sherlock Holmes's creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, must be credited with adding a word to our native vocabulary.
More than thirty years after Johnson first noted Eliot's use of grimpen, Trevor Hall in his essay