Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ahead of Ronald Knox by Nine Years

At the Sherlock Holmes Collections' weekend at the University of Minnesota two weeks ago, I pointed out, in debating Dr. Richard Sveum, that S. C. Roberts, not Ronald Knox, was the foundation of Holmesian scholarship -- but also that Knox had been preceded in Canonical exegesis by nine years by a Cambridge Review article by one Frank Sidgwick in 1902. Since then, Steven Rothman, editor of the Baker Street Journal, has asked me why I wasn't "giving all credit to poor almost forgotten Frank? Instead of knighted and well-laureled SCR?" A fair question, so (though this may not be what Steve had in mind) I've added first Frank Sidgwick's 1939 obituary at and his groundbreaking 1902 article at

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