Prince of the Realm

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Prince of the Realm: The Most Irregular James Bliss Austin. by Sonia Fetherston, BSI. Bliss Austin, “The Engineer’s Thumb,” was a member of the very first class of “Investitured” Irregulars in 1944. He assembled what was then the finest collection of rare Sherlockiana, then gave it all away. And he is acknowledged as an early … Continue reading Prince of the Realm

Irregular Crises of the Late ‘Forties

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Irregular Crises of the Late 'Forties. Edited by Jon L. Lellenberg. Part of the BSI archival-history series, Irregular Crises covers Summer 1947 to December 1950 and reveals the BSI's narrow escape from extinction as the Original Series BSJ failed, the venerable Murray Hill Hotel where it had met since 1940 was torn down, and the … Continue reading Irregular Crises of the Late ‘Forties

BSJ 1998 Christmas Annual

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"Entertainment and Fantasy": The 1940 BSI Dinner. By Jon L. Lellenberg, BSI. Of all the BSI Dinners, the one held on January 30, 1940 could well be the most significant. Partly a publication party for Vincent Starrett’s 221B: Studies in Sherlock Holmes, it helped to revive the BSI after a four year hiatus. It was … Continue reading BSJ 1998 Christmas Annual

Irregular Proceedings of the Mid ‘Forties

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Irregular Proceedings of the Mid 'Forties. Edited by Jon L. Lellenberg. Part of the BSI archival-history series, Irregular Proceedings begins in Autumn 1943 and covers the period from the Trilogy Dinner in March 1944 to Christopher Morley's declaration in June 1947 that there would be no more BSI annual dinners. It includes the explosion of … Continue reading Irregular Proceedings of the Mid ‘Forties