Baker Street Babble
is a place online where I can share my thoughts about Arthur Conan Doyle's great detective, Mr. Sherlock Holmes of 221B Baker Street, as well as thoughts about other Holmes characters, links, and whatever other Sherlockiana I find interesting. (One thing I've noticed about many Holmes-themed sites is that they're not very well designed. I'm attempting to make my site as enjoyable as possible. I'm open to suggestions!)
I started reading the Holmes stories a good thirty-odd years ago, at the age of 10 or 11 (I don't remember exactly when). My great aunt bought me a paperback anthology of Holmes stories, which I devoured. (I remember "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" being my favorite one.) My grandfather was also a big Holmes fan, and he and I used to talk about the detective quite often. When I got a little older, I saved up enough money to purchase the Doubleday edition of The Complete Sherlock Holmes (probably about age 12 or 13), and proceeded to read all the short stories and novels. I've been a fan ever since.
Interest in Sherlock Holmes is greater now than at any other time I can recall in my lifetime: the Guy Ritchie films, the BBC Sherlock series, and the CBS series Elementary are all keeping Holmes in the limelight. (There have even been recent comic book adaptations!) Once again, the game...is afoot!
Click on the famous Sidney Paget illustrations above to go to a couple good websites about Paget's artwork.