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Friday, November 7, 2014
Doing Dr. Watson Proud
The Watsonian, official journal of the John H. Watson Society, was excellent at the start and keeps getting better.
The 160-page third issue, which landed in my mailbox last week, is typographically appealing and intellectually stimulating. With 18 substantive articles packed into this issue, plus a quiz, there is sure to be much of interest to almost any Watsonian.
I say Watsonian advisedly. After all, the journal is The Watsonian. It is only to be expected that most of the articles focus on the Good Doctor. And so we have Alexian Gregory with a new theory about Dr. Watson's middle name (bolstered by a neat chart of names in the Canon), Dr. Robert Katz revisiting the much-discussed issue of his war wound(s), Don Libey discussing "A Few of Dr. Watson's Literary Devices," and both Stefano Guerra and Molly Carr weighing in on Dr. Watson's famous but never-seen bull pup.
There are many other Watson-centric articles well worth reading in this issue. But Sherlockian scholarship is to be found there as well. Enrico Solito retraces Holmes's steps during The Great Hiatus and comes up with a chronology of his travels. Drs. Robert J. Stek and Gary E. Schwartz examine Holmes's five levels of understanding in "You See, But You Do Not Observe."
My favorite sentence in the entire glorious issue comes in Judith Freeman's "Will the real Sherlock Holmes Please Stand Up?" She ends her survey of various portrayals and perceptions of Holmes with this conclusion: "The real Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson live within the pages of the Canon and nowhere else."
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