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Children's LiteratureThis book in Viking's "The Whole Story" series takes a documentary approach to a beloved old story. This edition is a treasure for the Sherlock Holmes fan or to anyone wanting to know more about the detective, his creator and their times. The profuse illustrations, many of which originated during the time the book was originally published, include drawings, photos, maps and paintings. The extended captions provide a wealth of fascinating background information about the history, traditions, culture, literature and science at the beginning of the 20th century, among other subjects. Other original illustrations complement the detective story. The text is the complete, unabridged story first published as a hugely popular serial in 1901. Over the years, it has remained popular with mystery fans and inspired several movies. It is almost like two books in one where the story is enriched by studying the captions and pictures before diving into it. Some of the other books in "The Whole Story" series are Heidi, Treasure Island, A Christmas Carol, and Around the World in Eighty Days. The book includes notes by Jean-Pierre Naugrette, which are translated by Bill May. 2004 (orig. 1901), Viking/Penguin Young Readers, Ages 10 to Adult.
—Janet Crane Barley