The Summer 2019 Baker Street Journal includes these articles:
The Editor’s Gas-Lamp.
Another Sherlockian Myth Debunked: Time to Turn the Page(t)?
by Ira B. Matetsky.
Regularly Overlooked: An Appreciation of Holmes’s Irregulars
by Emily Miranker.
Underappreciated Yet Essential
by Andrew G. Fusco.
From Florida to Appomattox
by Robert S. Katz.
When Watson Learned the Trick: 4 June 1902
by Ross E. Davies.
Catching the Birdy
by Mark Jones.
Baritsu and the Exceptional Obligation
by Donald Bridy.
Escape from Reichenbach
by Charles Blanksteen.
A Study in Tartan: Tania Henzell and the Conan Doyles
by Sonia Fetherston.
Art in the Blood
by Scott Bond.
The Commonplace Book.
Baker Street Inventory.
Letters to Baker Street.
“Stand with me here upon the terrace . . .”
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The Editor’s Gas-Lamp
“The simple secret of the plot”
by Steven Rothman, Editor
When was the last time you read the Canon? Really read, from A Study in Scarlet to “Shoscombe Old Place”? Though a few hardy souls make it their practice to read the whole Canon from cover to cover and promptly start again, as many do with the Bible, most of us seem content to read the odd story now and then, perhaps to prepare for a quiz or to write a paper. How did we, the Sherlockian community, get so removed from the very source of our passion?
Could it be that Sherlock Holmes’s popularity has gotten in the way of reading the original stories? The amount published about him every year can, at times, seem overwhelming. Just look at the number of adaptations available in print, on line, on screen, television, and radio. No one person can any longer master the whole corpus of Sherlock Holmes from the earliest pastiches and scholarship to the latest podcast or blog. Even those who caught up on everything up to, say, the late 1990s could not possibly hope to absorb everything produced in the past twenty years. This situation is producing micro-specialty areas in Sherlockian studies. This situation may cause some splintering of the cohesion of our community; it will certainly produce even more scholarly explorations of Sherlock Holmes and his world.
But all of us Sherlockians should find time in our reading to revisit the Canon, to reacquaint ourselves with just what originally drew us so strongly to Baker Street. It is to Arthur Conan Doyle that we, including all his many adaptors and adopters, owe an unrepayable debt. So find your copy of the Canon and begin: “In the year 1878 I took. . . .”
The Editor’s Gas-Lamp, Summer 2019, Vol. 69, No. 2.
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