Scandinavia and Sherlock Holmes translates the best Holmesian writings of Denmark, Sweden and Norway into English. This anthology contains essays from the 1950s to the present day and was edited by Bjarne Nielsen, longtime Baker Street Irregular and President of The Sherlock Holmes Klubben i Danmark.
This volume contains many of Henry Lauritzen's wonderful Sherlockian drawings which have delighted Holmesians around the world. Jens Byskov Jensen settles the question of the Chopin piece played by Norman Neruda and hummed by Holmes to Watson. Ted Bergman gives great insight into the 221B room locations and the bow window, in particular, in his essay, "My Own 221B Baker Street." "A Study in Red" links Sherlock Holmes with Karl Marx…Holmes, the Socialist? Also included are articles on the history of Scandinavian Sherlockian societies and scholarship.
As the table of contents below demonstrates, there is much more in this volume attesting to the great popularity of Sherlock Holmes in Scandinavia and the creative whimsy in which Sherlockian scholars play "The Game."
"A fascinating selection of writings" Roger Johnson, The District Messenger
"Fine Sherlockian scholarship" Peter E. Blau, Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press
231 pages, hardcover, 2006 With more than 60 illustrations
PART 1: INTRODUCTION Sherlock Holmes in Denmark by Bjarne Nielsen
Sherlock Holmes in Sweden by Mattias Boström
PART 2: FROM THE ARCHIVES OF "THE SOCIETY" AND "THE LEAGUE" 221B Baker Street by Christian Elling
What Did Sherlock Holmes Drink? by Jørgen Cold
A Pipe of Tobacco by Robert Storm-Petersen (Storm-P.)
Sherlock Holmes and Justice by Jens Jensen
Radix Pedis Diabolis by Verner Andersen
The Baker Street Mystery by Kaj Engholm
PART 3: FROM THE ARCHIVES OF "KLUBBEN" Sherlock Holmes in the Soviet Union by A.D. Henriksen
Ex Bibliotheca Holmesiana by Tage La Cour
A Study in Sherlock and Jeeves by Henry Lauritzen
Alcoholics in the Canon by Henry Lauritzen
Some Observations on "The Dancing Men" by Aage Rieck Sørensen
A Norwegian Named Sigerson? by Nils Nordberg
A Study in Red by Bjarne Nielsen
A Study in Bohemia by Jørgen Frørup
The Connection to Marilyn Monroe by Alvin Andersen
The Universal Holmes by Mia Stampe Lagergaard
John – As Well As James by P.J. Snare
Hero-Worship in Baker Street by Jan Heinemann
Tra-la-la-lira-lira-lay by Jens Byskov Jensen
PART 4: ARTICLES BY SWEDISH SHERLOCKIANS 534 C2 by Ted Bergman
My Own 221B Baker Street by Ted Bergman
The Depth Which the Parsley Had Sunk into the Butter by Hans-Uno Bengtsson
Sherlock Holmes and Music by Curt Berg
The Sign of Four – Mary Morstan Makes Her Appearance by Åke Runnquist
A Foggy View – About the Weather in the Sherlock Holmes Stories by Lars Strand
Granada Revisited – Reminiscences of Jeremy Brett by Morgan Malm
The Three Plays – Sherlock Holmes in Stockholm 1902 by Mattias Boström
A Toast to The Woman by Bosse Lundin
CONTRIBUTORS (see bottom of this web page for bios)
About the Series The Baker Street Irregulars, the literary society focused on Sherlock Holmes, publishes The International Series to bring more exposure to the best Sherlockian scholarship from around the world.
Bjarne Nielsen, BSI, is an antiquarian book dealer and curator of the Sherlock Holmes Museum in Denmark. He is president of the Sherlock Holmes Klubben i Danmark and founded The Two Thurston's Society. He holds the titular investiture in the BSI of "The Veiled Lodger."
Mattias Bostrőm is a member of The Baskerville Hall Club of Sweden and has written articles and edited books, booklets and newsletters about Sherlock Holmes. He has begun a new annotated translation of the Canon into Swedish, with "A Study in Scarlet" available now. He is the webmaster of the Swedish Holmes website. He works as a book publisher and has written several gift books, ten sudoku books and translated half a dozen novels.
Christian Elling was a professor at the University of Copenhagen. The publication of his reconstruction of 221B, as reprinted in this volume, led to the founding of the Sherlock Holmes Selskabet i København in 1946.
Jørgen Cold, a counselor at law, was Honorary Secretary of the Sherlock Holmes Selskabet.
Robert Storm-Petersen (Storm-P.), an author, humorist and cartoonist, headed the Sherlock Holmes Selskabet. He collaborated with Tage La Cour to write Tobacco Talk in Baker Street, which was published by the BSI in 1952.
Jens Jensen, a doctor of medicine and jurisprudence, was a member of the Sherlock Holmes Klubben.
Verner Andersen, who holds a Ph.d. (pharm) was a member of the Sherlock Holmes Selskabet and is a member of the Sherlock Holmes Klubben. His special area of study is pharmaceuticals and Sherlock Holmes.
Kaj Engholm, a cartoonist, was a member of the Sherlock Holmes Selskabet.
A.D. Henriksen, BSI , an archivist, founded the Sherlock Holmes Klubben in 1950 when he was refused membership in the tightly knit Selskabet. He held the titular investiture in the BSI of "A Case of Identity."
Tage La Cour, a mystery writer, was an Honorary Member of the Sherlock Holmes Klubben and an avid book collector. He collaborated with Robert Storm-Petersen to write Tobacco Talk in Baker Street, which was published by the BSI in 1952.
Henry Lauritzen, BSI, 2s. was a well-known cartoonist and writer who edited the newsletter Sherlockiana. He served as President and was an Honorary Member of the Sherlock Holmes Klubben, and he was one of the founders of The Cimbrian Friends of Baker Street in Denmark. His BSI investiture was "The Royal Family of Scandinavia."
Aage Rieck Sørensen is a retired chemical engineer. He is an Honorary Member of the Sherlock Holmes Klubben and one of the founders and Chief of The Cimbrian Friends of Baker Street. When once asked about the Danish love for Sherlock Holmes, he quietly replied, "England used to be a Danish country."
Nils Nordberg, BSI, of Oslo, Norway, is a member of the Sherlock Holmes Klubben i Danmark. His BSI investiture is "A Norwegian Named Sigerson."
Jørgen Frørup, a member of the Copenhagen Speckled Gang and the Sherlock Holmes Klubben, is a retired teacher in physics and chemistry.
Alvin Andersen is a leading municipal administrator. He is a long-time member of the Sherlock Holmes Klubben and serves as its Treasurer.
Mia Stampe Lagergaard, BSI is a space physicist by profession. She is webmaster of the Sherlock Holmes Klubben's website and current editor of its newsletter, Sherlockiana. She has had articles published in The Baker Street Journal and several other Sherlockian publications. Her BSI investiture is "The Dynamics of an Asteroid."
P.J. Snare is a member of the Copenhagen Speckled Gang and the Sherlock Holmes Klubben. A retired lawyer, he is an Honorary member of the Danish Academy of Crime Fiction. He reportedly confessed to a journalist, under pressure, that Holmes was a fictitious person!
Jan Heinemann is an associate professor and author. His writings include co-authorship of Gordon of Khartoum – a Victorian Legend. He a member of the Sherlock Holmes Klubben.
Jens Byskov Jensen is a member of the Sherlock Holmes Klubben and The Cimbrian Friends of Baker Street in Denmark. He also is the founder and president of Le Cercle de Sherlock Holmes in New Orleans. Jensen is the author of Baker Street – Once Again and a frequent contributor to The Baker Street Journal. He is a concert violinist who also holds a diploma in private investigation.
Ted Bergman, BSI, is a founder of The Solitary Cyclists of Sweden and an Honorary member of The Baskerville Hall Club of Sweden and the Sherlock Holmes Klubben i Danmark. He edited The Baker Street Cab Lantern and Two Two One B, and he is the author of Sherlock Holmes on the Swedish Stage, Sherlock Holmes i Sverige, en bibliografi, eight pamphlets and many articles and reviews on Holmesian matters in Swedish papers and periodicals. His BSI investiture is "The Honourable Philip Green."
Hans-Uno Bengtsson is a professor at the Department of Theoretical Physics at the University of Lund, Sweden. He is the author of more than twenty books, including one on Sherlockian matters: Trepiporsproblem och bagateller (Three-pipe Problems and Trifling Matters). He has frequently contributed articles to The Baker Street Journal.
Curt Berg was a novelist, journalist and prominent opera music critic. A founding member of The Solitary Cyclists of Sweden, he was a master of style, and his Holmesian articles were published in highbrow literary annuals – some of which are collected in his book Baker Street 111, regarded as a Swedish Holmesian classic.
Åke Runnquist, BSI, was an author, critic and one of Sweden's most experienced and successful publishers. A founding member of The Solitary Cyclists of Sweden and an Honorary member of the Sherlock Holmes Klubben i Danmark, he wrote many Sherlockian articles over the years. His BSI investiture, of which he was very proud, was "Jacob Shafter."
Lars Strand is a member of The Baskerville Hall Club in Sweden. A retired high school teacher, he has been a frequent contributor to the Club's periodical and to the Swedish magazine DAST, the world's oldest extant crime magazine of its kind. He has also published a book of Sherlockian essays.
Morgan Malm, a recent university graduate and now a high school teacher, is the founder and emeritus chairman of Doctor Mortimer's Correspondents of Uppsala, Sweden. He is a member of The Baskerville Hall Club of Sweden and a regular contributor to the Club's periodical. He is the author of 221B – En studie i Baker Street and contributed to Sherlock Holmes 150 år – en jubileumsskrift från The Baskerville Hall Club of Sweden.
Bosse Lundin is a journalist, writer and one of the founders of The Swedish Academy of Detection. He has written several nonfiction books about crime fiction and other kinds of popular literature, from Salongsbödlarna to the reference book Dexikon.