Bohemian Souls (“A Scandal in Bohemia”)

Bohemian Souls (

Bohemian Souls.

A Facsimile of the Original Manuscript of
“A Scandal in Bohemia” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
along with Commentary on the Story.

Edited & introduced by Otto Penzler, BSI.

One of the best Sherlock Holmes stories, and the tale featuring the woman Irene Adler, now appears with new insights and new perspectives as the seventh volume of the Baker Street Irregulars Manuscript Series. Noted mystery expert Otto Penzler, winner of both Edgar and Ellery Queen awards, edits and introduces this examination of “A Scandal in Bohemia.”

The volume, published by the BSI in cooperation with the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, contains a facsimile of Arthur Conan Doyle’s original manuscript for this tale, along with a thoroughly annotated typescript and commentary by Phillip Bergem. Bohemian Souls includes important additions to the literature on Irene Adler by noted Sherlockians Ray Betzner, Michael Kean, John Linsenmeyer, Donald Pollock, and Julia Rosenblatt. Additional commentary is provided by Curtis Armstrong, Andrew Jay Peck, and Randall Stock.

199 pages, hardcover, January 2011
With the manuscript reproduction & 16 illustrations

Bohemian Souls

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For a limited edition of Bohemian Souls, see The Texas Set.

Table of Contents for Bohemian Souls

General Editor’s Foreword and Preface to the Series
by Andrew G. Fusco

by Otto Penzler

Initial Reflections on a Scandal
by Phillip Bergem

Manuscript Facsimile of “A Scandal in Bohemia”
with Annotated Transcription
by Phillip Bergem

Description of the Manuscript
by Randall Stock

Revealing “A Scandal in Bohemia”: Its History and Manuscript
by Randall Stock

The Curious Case of the Very Odd Marriage
by John Linsenmeyer

As to Your Dates, That Is the Biggest Mystification of All
by Andrew Jay Peck

Cutting the Poetry: The Case Against an Affair Between Holmes and Irene Adler
by Ray Betzner

A Touch of the Dramatic
by Curtis Armstrong

The Late Irene Adler, of Dubious and Questionable Memory
by Michael H. Kean

Irene Adler in Dubious and Questionable Legend
by Julia Rosenblatt

Reflections on the Adler Problem
by Donald Pollock

Appendix: A Note from the Artist about the Jacket Illustration
by Rikki Niehaus


Limited Edition Details

A limited edition of Bohemian Souls is part of a two-volume Texas Limited Edition Boxed Set. That set also includes the BSI Manuscript Series facsimile of “The Golden Pince-Nez,” which like “A Scandal in Bohemia” is held at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

Learn More

Index to Bohemian Souls (PDF)

Website of Editor Otto Penzler (The Mysterious Bookshop)

Website of The Harry Ransom Center (manuscript owner)

Other BSI Manuscript Series books

BSI Press / Books overview page

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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