Deadly Harpoon (“Black Peter”)

Deadly Harpoon (Black Peter) dustjacket cover

Deadly Harpoon.

A Facsimile of the Original Manuscript of
“The Adventure of Black Peter”
by Arthur Conan Doyle
with Annotations and Commentary.

Edited & introduced by
Glen Miranker, BSI.

A man is found pinned to the wall by a harpoon. Jealousy and domestic violence are at the forefront. These are the salient features of “Black Peter” and Sherlock Holmes is at his best in solving this extraordinary and exciting case.

Deadly Harpoon opens with a high-quality reproduction of the original handwritten manuscript, accompanied by a meticulous transcription and a detailed annotation. In addition, the history of the manuscript as it passed through various hands is described. Contributions by noted Sherlockians on a wide variety of subjects related to the story round out this volume. Sea faring in the Canon, rum and other spirits, Scotland Yarders, securities transactions and other topics are discussed in detail.

This is one of the most exciting stories in the Canon. Deadly Harpoon allows the reader to set sail with Conan Doyle as he writes the story, and then fathom many aspects of this thrilling tale.

184 pages, 10″ x 7″ hardcover, December 2018
With 61 b&w illustration including the manuscript reproduction

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Table of Contents for Deadly Harpoon

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

by Peter E. Blau

Manuscript Facsimile of “The Adventure of Black Peter”
with Transcription and Annotations by Phillip Bergem

Sticking it to Black Peter: The Manuscript and Its History
by Randall Stock

Be Prepared
by Jim O’Brien

The History of the British Whaling and Sealing Industries
by Walter Jaffee

Stanley Hopkins: A Disappointment
by Nicholas Utechin

Sailors and Rum, at Sea and Ashore
by Ross E. Davies

Try Canadian Pacific Railway
by Hartley R. Nathan and Clifford S. Goldfarb

The Sea, Ships and Sailors in the Writings of Arthur Conan Doyle
by Donny Zaldin

Drinks, Class and Profession
by Bonnie MacBird

Violence, Victims and Villains: Domestic Abuse in the Canon
by Barbara Rusch

Into the Blackness: Further Reading on Black Peter
by Emily Miranker

The Usual Suspects: Contributors

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Audio Interview with the editor (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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