From Piff-Pouff to Backnecke:
Ronald Knox and 100 Years of
“Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes”
by Nicholas Utechin, BSI.
Ronald Knox presented a paper at Oxford in 1911 that many regard as forming the basis of the Sherlockian Grand Game. His brilliant paper combined a lively humor with nit-picking observations and insights into the Holmes tales. Nick Utechin provides the fascinating story behind this event, including the paper’s evolution and its place in the Sherlockian world.
But “education never ends,” and further information about this seminal paper can be found in Utechin’s “The Case of the First Reading” in the Spring 2011 BSJ as well as in the third volume in The Grand Game Limited Edition.
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This BSJ 2010 Christmas Annual was published as part of a subscription to the 2010 Baker Street Journal.
The full 2010 Christmas Annual and the Spring 2011 BSJ are also part of the eBSJ PDF archive.
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A note on Knox
The Gryphon Club
A feel of what followed
Seeds of the studies
Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes
Textual changes between 1912 and 1928
The Roberts review
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List of BSJ Christmas Annuals (contents & covers)
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