A Facsimile of the Partial Original Manuscript of "His Last Bow" by Arthur Conan Doyle with Annotations and Commentary on the Story
Edited & introduced by
Robert Katz, MD, BSI and Andrew Solberg, BSI
While the manuscript of "His Last Bow" is incomplete, a substantial portion still exists and the basis for its fragmentation may not be accidental. Besides a high-quality reproduction of the partial manuscript, the book includes a meticulous transcription and annotation.
Distinguished Sherlockians also review different aspects of the manuscript, the story, and many other related issues. Why is the manuscript incomplete? Is there a Canonical connection to Sarajevo? What is the history of Tokay? What did Rathbone and Bruce contribute to the war effort? These and many other issues are analyzed and make for fascinating reading.
As a bonus, the book also contains a reproduction of Conan Doyle's handwritten manuscript of a poem about WWI along with a transcription and commentary. In addition, the original Frederic Dorr Steele illustrations for Collier's have been scanned and are presented here as well.
288 pages, 10" x 7" hardcover, December 2017 With the manuscript reproduction plus 48 b&w illustrations
General Editor's Foreword and Preface to the Series by Andrew G. Fusco
Pages Floating Upon the East Wind: Co-Editors' Introduction by Robert Katz and Andrew Solberg
Manuscript Facsimile of "His Last Bow" with Transcription and Annotations by Phillip Bergem
Setting the Stage for a Bow: Talk of War, Automobiles and More by Phillip Bergem
Making "His Last Bow": Its History and Manuscript by Randall Stock
Manuscript Facsimile of "Ypres September 1915" with Transcription and Annotations by Phillip Bergem
Conan Doyle's Poetic View of Ypres by Michael H. Kean
European Complications of the Utmost Moment by Marina Stajić
August 1914 — Mycroft Holmes and Pre-War European Diplomacy by Ross Davies
Holmes and the Politicians 1912: "His Last Bow" by Hartley R. Nathan
Tinged with Foresight? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as Prophet of the First World War by Catherine Cooke
Sherlock Holmes in the Trenches by Glen Miranker
From Chicago to Buffalo to Germany: Altamont and Irish Secret Societies by Burt Wolder
Your Old Service — Watson after "His Last Bow" by Peter Calamai
Germany and Germans in the Canon by Maria Fleischhack
The Sporting Spy's Last Bow by E.J. Wagner
Propaganda – The Secret War Service of Arthur Conan Doyle by Clifford S. Goldfarb
"Playing the Game" and the Truth about "His Last Bow" by Michael A. Meer
Aftermath: Holmes and Watson after November 11 by Nicholas Utechin
What! Tokay! by Patricia Guy
"So the last will be first, and the first will be last" by Rebecca Romney
Holmes and Watson in the Great War: The Decorated Duo of Rathbone and Bruce by Greg Ruby
"Some Distant but Glorious End": Further Resources and Research by Tamar Zeffren
Appendix: Original Illustrations for "His Last Bow" by Frederic Dorr Steele
The Usual Suspects: Contributors
About the Series The Baker Street Irregulars, the literary society focused on Sherlock Holmes, in cooperation with leading libraries and private collectors, publishes The Manuscript Series to bring to the public facsimile editions of manuscripts and other documents relating to Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with insightful commentary by talented Sherlockian and Doylean writers.