Trenches (“His Last Bow”)

Trenches (

The War Service of Sherlock Holmes.

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


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Table of Contents for Trenches

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

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Audio Interview with the editors (podcast at I Hear of Sherlock)

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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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