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December 30, 2004

The Sherlock Holmes English Speaking Vernacular

by Ron Hogan

Remember two weeks ago when I asked Leslie Klinger my five questions about The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes? Today NYT reporter Mark Weingarten gets face time with Klinger and finds him quite an engaging fellow...and reasonably well grounded, too (not obsessed with the weather like that Baring-Gould chap).

"I don't think anyone really thinks that he's real," Mr. Klinger said. "But we play The Game in order to heighten our enjoyment of the series. It gives us the justification to spend inordinate amounts of time on these stories. If they were just potboiler fiction, how could we explain our intense interest?"
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