Unusual Magazines The Baker Street Journal

About the unusual magazine The Baker Street Journal, information on subscriptions, subjects, and samples.



Subscription: Quarterly; $10 a year, $11 overseas; Fordham University Press, University Box L, Bronx, N.Y. 10458; circulation 2,000.

Subject Matter: The Journal is the official organ of the Baker Street Irregulars, the American Sherlock Holmes society. It is devoted to articles on Sherlock Holmes and the Sherlockian scene.

Sample Articles: "The Theology of Sherlock Holmes"; "Sherlock Holmes was a Bastard!"; "Sherlock Holmes: Victorian Archetype."

Sample Material: "In no way have Victorians been more frequently exemplified than by their treatment of the delicate subject of sex. Discretion and decorum were everything to Victorians. Their affairs were conducted discreetly, and for the sake of appearances, they prudently refrained from referring to sex in polite conversation or in print. Here Holmes was the perfect Victorian. Like Lord Kitchener, another idol of the British public, Holmes's sexual instincts were entirely sublimated.... Women interested the great detective only as clients or as specimens to be studied. Irene Adler, who was always the woman in Holmes's life, was the exception. But Watson observed that Holmes felt no emotion akin to love for Miss Adler. He admired her for her mind and because she was among the three persons who had succeeded in outwitting him."

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