So, here we are. The night (eventually) before Epiphany: Twelfth Night. Tomorrow, the 6th January, will be Sherlock Holmes’ 159th birthday; we hope he has fun celebrating, and that no one overdoes it on the brandy.
Because I belong to a religious group that doesn’t observe Twelfth Night or Epiphany, I had to look everything up, to make sure I had the days right. This constant opportunity to learn more is, I think, one of the most enjoyable aspects of being a Sherlockian. It really doesn’t matter what your area of interest is–Holmes has it covered. Some are easy: science, literature, history, crime. But you also have sports–how does one fight with a single stick? What is bar(t)itsu? Art–either researching the pieces mentioned in the stories, or creating some of your own. Music–Watson mentions scores* of operas, pieces, and performers to either listen to, or emulate. Even cookery–how does one make curried chicken, and is it wise to leave a fowl on the sideboard for very long at all? With just a bit of curiosity and imagination, one can find enough in the sixty works Watson gives us to occupy herself for years–perhaps even a lifetime. And if you’re like me, and wonder about that tin dispatch box, well then….
That’s why I’m really excited about today’s Giveaway prize. You don’t have to start your Sherlockian studies from scratch. Generations have been there before you, and there’s a lot of information to be had. One of the most largest, and most recent, caches is the Klinger annotated version of the canon.** It’s a giveaway fantasy prize. Too bad I can’t….
Oh, look–it’s eBay!
Now, granted, it’s not perfect. There are only the two volumes covering the stories, and not the one for the novels. They’re paperback, not hardback, and there is no slipcover. There’s a bit of shelf-wear. But, as far as I can tell (and according to the seller) they’ve not been read (or read much), and I did not find any marks in them, so get your highlighter ready….
This giveaway is open to all–regardless of whether or not you’ve already won. I’ll be drawing the winner late tomorrow night, to give people plenty of time to respond if they wish. All you have to do is tell me:
How do we know (or “know”) Holmes’ birthday is January 6th, 1854?
Again, you can answer via the blog comments, FaceBook, or Twitter. Good luck, and happy Twelfth Night!
Day 11 (again) Winner!!!
Congratulations to Stefanie Paeg, who knew that Sherlock could tell John and Mrs. Hudson had been searching the flat for drugs because they’d disturbed his sock index!
**There is a 3-volume shorter set, available from your usual line-up of booksellers, and then there is a much more extensive version, The Sherlock Holmes Reference Library, available in a set or–for penury’s sake–by the volume, here: http://www.wessexpress.com/html/shrl.html