“my strange old book-collector” [EMPT]
|Ben Abramson with Vincent Starrett at a signing event for ‘Books Alive’ Circa 1940. Location Unknown / Photographer Unknown (Source: A Road of Intangible Inclinations)|
There are some Sherlockians we wish we could have interviewed for this program — individuals long gone but fondly remembered — whose unique perspectives would be a boon to our listeners. Unfortunately, most of them are beyond our reach.
In this case however, we have one who is available to us but comes to us in a prepackaged interview. Ben Abramson, BSI ("The Beryl Coronet") was a bookseller and the first publisher of The Baker Street Journal. And he sat for an interview on the radio in 1954.
We share Ben's background, his early days as a bookseller, his move from Chicago to New York City, his association with some of the Sherlockian greats such as Vincent Starrett, Edgar W. Smith, and Peter Blau, and trace the rise and tragic fall of the BSJ and of Ben himself.
The winner of the previous episode's Canonical Couplet is revealed and we share yet another couplet for your identification. The winner will receive a copy of an Old Series BSJ as published by Ben.
Send your answer to comment @ ihearofsherlock .com by August 14, 2023 at 11:59 a.m. EST. All listeners are eligible to play.
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- The main source for this episode was the blog A Road of Intangible Inclinations: The Chicago Booktrade 1886–1974
- Irregular Proceedings of the Mid 'Forties from the BSI Archival Series(Abebooks)
- The Original Series BSJ: Quintessence of Irregular (Phillip Shreffler)
- A Bookman and His Dealer (Studies in Starrett)
- Other episodes mentioned:
- Episode 6: Peter Blau, Part 1
- Episode 26: A Musical Stroll Down Baker Street
- Episode 61: The Private Life of Vincent Starrett
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- News about Paxton Whitehead, Worldwide Doyle 2023, and Trifles Episode 27: Rebellion!
- Previous Episodes mentioned:
- Episode 144: Historical Sherlock (with Vincent Wright)