Winter 2012 BSJ

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The Winter 2012 Baker Street Journal includes these articles:

The Editor’s Gas-Lamp.

“Fleet of Foot”: Watson at the Battle of Maiwand (or Not)
by Nick Dunn-Meynell.

Out of Africa: Cracking the Carbuncle Conundrum
by Alexian Gregory.

Dickens, Conan Doyle, and Holmes
by Michael H. Kean.

Dickens and Conan Doyle: Chroniclers of London
by Donny Zaldin.

Returning to Year One: A Conversation with Scott Beatty
by Tom Ue.

Sherlock Holmes Fan Fiction
by Betsy Rosenblatt.

Validation of Internet Fandom: Bridging the Gap between Traditional Fandom and the Age of Tumblr
by Kristina Manente.

Art in the Blood
by Scott Bond.

The Commonplace Book.

Baker Street Inventory.

The French Artist
by Basil Chap.

The Sherlockian Societies.

Sherlock Holmes: Behind the Canonical Screen
by Leslie S. Klinger and Michael H. Kean.

Index to Volume 62.


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The Editor’s Gas-Lamp

“Eyes unclouded and clear”
by Steven Rothman, Editor

Steven Rothman, Editor, The Baker Street Journal

Almost silently we have come to an astonishing anniversary, the quasquicentennial celebration of the publication of A Study in Scarlet. Yes, 125 years ago on newsstands across the United Kingdom appeared Beeton’s Christmas Annual for 1887, introducing Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to the world. Though the title of the story is emblazoned across the front wrapper of the magazine, none of its purchasers could have really known what was within. No doubt some flipped through and decided it was a thriller, but almost none of them could have ever heard of the author’s name.

It is impossible for us—so many years on—to imagine a world without Sherlock Holmes, without detective fiction, without Sherlockiana both scholarship and fellowship; yet unless we all take a hand, such a future is not assured. Such insurance requires a tripartite effort. First, we must support the new Sherlockians who are appearing in multitudes—though mostly on the Internet. They are the future; they will celebrate A Study in Scarlet’s 175th in 50 years in ways far different than we who enjoyed its centennial did. Second, we must actively support Sherlockian scholarship in these pages and elsewhere, as well as Sherlockian societies, from the large international groups to the smallest local club, with attendance and participation. And third, we must collect, preserve, and catalogue our past, continuing the efforts of the Baker Street Irregulars Trust and Archive and those of libraries such as Minnesota, Toronto, and Portsmouth. Writing about Holmes, attending events, and supporting the BSI Trust and institutional collections will ensure our past, present, and future.

The Editor’s Gas-Lamp, Winter 2012, Vol. 62, No. 4.

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