The Worst Man in London (“Charles Augustus Milverton”)

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The Worst Man in London.

A Facsimile of the Original Manuscript of
“Charles Augustus Milverton”
by Arthur Conan Doyle
with Annotations and Commentary.

Edited, with an Introduction, by
Daniel Stashower, BSI and
Constantine Rossakis, MD, BSI.

Scandal, blackmail, robbery, and murder are the hallmarks of this thrilling Canonical tale. Surprises abound, both in the actual manuscript and throughout the story itself.

The Worst Man in London opens with a high-quality reproduction of the original handwritten manuscript accompanied by a meticulous transcription, detailed annotations, and the history of the manuscript. This is followed by a series of articles by noted Sherlockian scholars and writers. Cinematic adaptations, illustrations, legal issues, geographic identifications, psychological matters and gentlemen criminals are but a few of the subjects discussed in depth.

The battle against Charles Augustus Milverton provides us with one of the most exciting chapters in the career of Sherlock Holmes. The Worst Man in London takes the reader from the initial handwritten version to a new and deeper understanding of many aspects of this marvelous story. It’s an unbeatable combination.

200 pages, 10″ x 7″ hardcover, December 2019
With 42 b&w illustrations including the manuscript reproduction

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Table of Contents for The Worst Man in London

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

Co-Editors’ Introduction: Something a Little Recherché…
by Daniel Stashower and Constantine Rossakis, MD

Manuscript Facsimile of “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton”
with Transcription and Annotations by Phillip Bergem

Exposing “Charles Augustus Milverton”: The Manuscript and Its History
by Randall Stock

Taking a Shot at Charles Augustus Milverton
by Phillip Bergem

“Something Original”: Illustrations for Charles Augustus Milverton
by Carla Coupe

Peering Through the Screen at Appledore Towers
by Russell Merritt

“Certain Crimes Which the Law Cannot Touch:” The Role of John Watson in “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton”
by Dana Cameron

“Appledore” and Other Geographical Asides
by Nicholas Utechin

The Man Who Was Milverton
by Jonathan McCafferty

BBC, but You Do Not Observe: Sociopathy and Sherlock Holmes
by Monica Schmidt

Who Shot Charles Augustus Milverton?
by Maria Fleischhack

The Milverton Conundrum
by Andrew G. Fusco

Great Crooks
by Otto Penzler

The Question of Ethics in “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton”: Further Resources and Research
by Tom Ue

The Housemaid’s Tale
by Bonnie MacBird

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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