So Painful a Scandal (“The Three Students”)

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So Painful a Scandal.
A Facsimile of the Original Manuscript of
“The Three Students” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
along with Commentary on the Story.

Edited and Introduced by John Bergquist, BSI.

So Painful a Scandal is the sixth title of the multi-volume Baker Street Irregulars Manuscript Series. Although “The Adventure of the Three Students” is not among the most popular of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, it has nevertheless attracted much critical debate over the years and thus is worthy of the close examination this volume provides. Published by The Baker Street Irregulars with the cooperation of Harvard College’s Houghton Library, this volume presents a facsimile of the original manuscript of “The Three Students” along with a thoroughly annotated typescript and commentary.

Edited and introduced by John Bergquist, the volume includes Phillip Bergem’s notes on the manuscript and Randall Stock’s story of the path it has taken to its present home at the Houghton Library. Also included are Michael Eckman’s report on the land of “The Three Students,” Nicholas Utechin’s demolition of the story’s premises, Guy Marriott’s arguments supporting Cambridge as the site of the tale – balanced by Oliver Nicholson’s rejoinder in favor of Oxford, and Andrew Malec’s piece on the story’s American illustrator, Frederic Dorr Steele.

The color dust jacket (shown below) reproduces a previously-unpublished Frederic Dorr Steele drawing for “The Three Students,” courtesy of The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection Lancelyn Green Bequest, Portsmouth City Council.

This volume was published in conjunction with the May 2009 Harvard symposium “Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: A Sesquicentennial Assessment.”

132 pages, hardcover, May 2009

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Table of Contents for So Painful a Scandal

General Editor’s Preface to the Series
by Andrew G. Fusco, BSI

by John Bergquist, BSI

Notes on the Manuscript
by Phillip Bergem

Manuscript Facsimile of “The Adventure of the Three Students” with Annotated Transcription

Following “The Three Students”: A Manuscript History
by Randall Stock, BSI

Touring with “The Three Students”
by Michael Eckman

Three Students, Seventeen Problems
by Nicholas Utechin, BSI

“The Three Students” at Cambridge
by Guy Marriott, BSI

Oxbridge Camouflaged or Camford Obscured: Some Subfuscations of the Doylean Redactor
by Oliver Nicholson

Frederic Dorr Steele, Sherlock Holmes and “The Three Students”
by Andrew Malec, BSI

Limited Edition Details

A signed, limited-edition version of So Painful a Scandal is part of the BSI’s Harvard Trilogy Boxed Set.

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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.

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