Under the Jackknife...

The Sherlockian Mantel of

Leslie S. Klinger


Born in Chicago, Illinois, I migrated to the West Coast to attend UC Berkeley in the turbulent '60's. After attending Boalt Hall (the School of Law at UC Berkeley), I moved to Los Angeles to practice law and make a family. I am married to the incredible Sharon Flaum Klinger (a world-class stamp collector, bridge player, wino, and Sherlockian spouse), and I have five wonderful kids--my stepson Matthew Flaum, age 33 (a film editor, married to the beautiful Gabrielle Brooker), my stepdaughter Wendy Flaum, age 31 (Vice President of Disney Channel), my daughter Stacy, age 31 (a 2d grade teacher, married to fellow teacher Kennith Harris), my son Evan, age 26, a student at UC Santa Cruz, and my youngest stepdaughter, college student, and fellow Sherlockian, Amanda Flaum, age 22. And there's another generation, too: Maya Felice Harris, age 2-1/2 and Devin Leo Harris, age 7 months (see pictures below). Oops! Can't forget Max the Rottweiler, Sharon's favorite animal in America! And his girlfriend Toby, the Rottweiler puppy! Then there's Xander, the refugee cat, age 3 years, and his companion Buffy aka Miss Kitty.

The Real World:

Specializing in tax, estate planning, and general business law, I practice with the Century City firm of Kopple & Klinger, LLP. Our address is 10866 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1500, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Telephone (310) 475-1444; facsimile is (310) 475-2459.

The World of Sherlock Holmes:

Beginning in 1968, the study of the lives of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and John H. Watson, M.D., has been my consuming passion. I've published numerous articles on Sherlockiana (see links below), a book called "The Life and Times of Mr. Sherlock Holmes, John H. Watson, M.D., Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Other Notable Personages," also linked below, and co-authored the revised edition of "'The Date Being--?': A Compendium of Sherlockian Chronologies." In 1998, Gasogene Books published "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," edited and annotated by me to update the monumental work of "The Annotated Sherlock Holmes" edited by William S. Baring-Gould since its publication in 1967. I was fortunate to receive the "Special Sherlock Award" from "Sherlock Holmes Detective Magazine" for the best Sherlockian work of 1998. This volume was followed by "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" (2000), "A Study in Scarlet" (2001), "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (2002), and "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (2003). In process is a three-volume work, "The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes," to be published by W. W. Norton in 2004. Also in 1999, I was deeply honored to be invested as a member of the Baker Street Irregulars, under the title "The Abbey Grange." I'm now the Series Editor for the Manuscript Series of The Baker Street Irregulars, which has to date published the manuscript of Doyle's play "Angels of Darkness," a chapter of "The Hound of the Baskervilles," and hitherto-unknown G. K. Chesterton illustrations of the Sherlock Holmes Canon.

Sherlockian Links of Note

  1. Contemplating "The Naval Treaty": From Prussia With Love (an article by LSK which appeared in the "Musgrave Papers")
  2. Art in Whose Blood? (an article by LSK which appeared in "The Musgrave Ritual")
  3. Years of Mystery: A Speculation (an article by LSK appearing in the December 1998 issue of "The Cormorant's Ring")
  4. Lost in Lassus: The Missing Monograph (a BSI Dinner booklet by LSK, which will appear in the newly-annotated LASTB)
  5. Chris Redmond's Sherlockian Homepage (the best Sherlockian resource on Earth)
  6.   Willis Frick's Sherlocktron
  7. What Game is Afoot in REDH? (another LSK article, co-authored with bridge expert Tim Bourke, appearing in "The Sherlock Holmes Journal")
  8. In Search of Sherlock Holmes on the Screen (still another LSK article, appearing in the "Baker Street Journal")
  9. Table of Major Events in the Lives of Sherlock Holmes, Esq., John H. Watson, M.D., Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Other Notable Personages, by LSK (corrected version)
  10. Excerpt from "Sign of the Four," by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, edited and annotated by LSK (an a volume of the "Sherlock Holmes Reference Library" to be published by Gasogene Books in 2003)

To purchase my books from Amazon Books:

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Edited, with annotations by Leslie S. Klinger. (Sherlock Holmes Reference Library)

Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Edited, with annotations by Leslie S. Klinger. (Sherlock Holmes Reference Library)

A Study in Scarlet. Edited, with annotations by Leslie S. Klinger. (Sherlock Holmes Reference Library)

The Hound of the Baskervilles. Edited, with annotations by Leslie S. Klinger. (Sherlock Holmes Reference Library)

To see my grandchildren, check out:

Ken and Stacy's Home Page

Please e-mail me at lklinger@kandklaw.com

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