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Depeschen mit dem Leitwort Jon Lellenberg

»The suit, which stems from the estate’s efforts to collect a licensing fee for a planned collection of new Holmes-related stories by Sara Paretsky, Michael Connelly and other contemporary writers, makes a seemingly simple argument. Of the 60 Conan Doyle stories and novels in “the Canon” (as Sherlockians call it), only the 10 stories first published in the United States after 1923 remain under copyright. Therefore, the suit asserts, many fees paid to the estate for the use of the character have been unnecessary.

But it’s also shaping up to be something of what one blogger called “a Sherlockian Civil War.” On one side is Leslie S. Klinger, a prominent lawyer from Malibu, Calif., and the editor of the three-volume, nearly 3,000-page New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, as well as an editor of the new collection. On the other is Jon Lellenberg, a retired Defense Department strategist and, for the past 30 years, the Conan Doyle estate’s hard-nosed American agent.«

Jennifer Schuessler

Whose property is Sherlock Holmes? Jennifer Schuessler reports about the so called „Sherlockian Civil War“, a battle over control of Conan Doyle’s estate and the Twitter hashtag #freesherlock. Read more at The New York Times.

»A riddle: What does Captain Ahab have in common with Sherlock Holmes?

Answer: Both characters were created by writers who sailed on whaling vessels, who knew firsthand the heft of a harpoon, the bite of raging gales and the blisters raised by oars.«

Bill Streever

Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure reproduces Arthur Conan Doyle’s handwritten journal and illustrations from his time on an Arctic whaler in 1880. The diary, edited by Jon Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower, has just been published by The University of Chicago Press and Bill Streever reviews the book at The New York Times.