The Autumn 2021 Baker Street Journal includes these articles:
The Editor’s Gas-Lamp.
Sherlock Holmes and the Three Investigators
by Christian Monggaard.
The Detective Jefferson Hope Hired and the Solution of a Mystery
by Carlos Orsi.
Sherlock Holmes and the Development of the Detective Hero
by Dan Andriacco.
She Was Just Knitting . . . or Was She?
by Regina Stinson.
“One of the most remarkable ever penned”: Winwood Reade’s Martyrdom of Man
by Howard Brody.
Gold Nuggets in the Canon: The Influence of Bret Harte on Conan Doyle
by Jonathan Tiemann.
Two Dartmoor Names: One Origin?
by Nicholas Utechin.
The Wedding that Never Was
by William Hyder.
Conan Doyle: A Master of Public Health
by Daniel L. Friedman and Eugene B. Friedman.
Baker Street Views
by Mattias Boström.
The Commonplace Book.
Baker Street Inventory.
“Stand with me here upon the terrace . . .”
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The Editor’s Gas-Lamp
“Take my hand, I’m a stranger”
by Steven Rothman, Editor
Where do Sherlockians come from? How do we ensure that this study of the Canon, which has given us all such great pleasure, continues through the 21st century and beyond? How do we identify new candidates for our knowledge?
Copies of the Canon are widely available in public libraries. But we need to supply the libraries of local schools: elementary, middle, and high school. Reading is always a good way to engage the imagination.
Books are not the only way to find 221B, though. Some know Holmes first or only from radio, television, or film adaptations. Comic books and graphic novels, too, can provide a ticket to following Holmes on the case.
The many podcasts, blogs, and posts about matters Sherlockian prove that there is a unquenched desire to share the fun of canonical studies with wider and wider audiences. When a friend asks what it is all about, steer them to one of your favorites, invite them to a meeting of your local society, lend them books and copies of the Journal. (You can even give them a subscription as a surprise gift.) Show them something you have written, so they will realize that they, too, can contribute to our literature.
When you take someone—young or old—by the hand and lead them down Baker Street, you never know when that experience will click, when you will have made not only a deeper friendship, but a brand new Sherlockian.
The Editor’s Gas-Lamp, Autumn 2021, Vol. 71, No. 3.
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