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The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Novels (A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Valley of Fear)

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The four classic novels of Sherlock Holmes, heavily illustrated and annotated with extensive scholarly commentary, in an attractive and elegant slipcase.
The publication of Leslie S. Klinger's brilliant new annotations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's four classic Holmes novels in 2005 created a Holmes sensation. Klinger reassembles Doyle's four seminal novels in their original order, with over 1,000 notes, 350 illustrations and period photographs, ...

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Overview

The four classic novels of Sherlock Holmes, heavily illustrated and annotated with extensive scholarly commentary, in an attractive and elegant slipcase.
The publication of Leslie S. Klinger's brilliant new annotations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's four classic Holmes novels in 2005 created a Holmes sensation. Klinger reassembles Doyle's four seminal novels in their original order, with over 1,000 notes, 350 illustrations and period photographs, and tantalizing new Sherlockian theories. Inside, readers will find:
A Study in Scarlet (1887)—a tale of murder and revenge that tells of Holmes and Dr. Watson's first meeting;The Sign of Four (1889)—a chilling tale of lost treasure...and of how Watson met his wife;The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901)—hailed as the greatest mystery novel of all time; andThe Valley of Fear (1914)—a fresh murder scene that leads Holmes to solve a long-forgotten mystery.Whether as a stand-alone volume or as a companion to the short stories, this classic work illuminates the timeless genius of Conan Doyle for an entirely new generation.

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
A generous work, scholarly yet utterly accessible, a remarkable showcase of the detective's continuing allure.— David L. Ulin
The New York Times
Hailed as the definitive exegesis of Holmes and his times.— Mark Weingarten
Washington Post Book World
A beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable edition...will appeal to first time readers and seasoned veterans.— Daniel Stashower
Maureen Corrigan - Fresh Air
“A feast for any fans of the greatest detective who ever stalked the earth.”
Michael Dirda
“Even the sleuth of Baker Street would be awed by the ingenious deductions and dazzling speculations of modern Sherlockian scholarship.”
David L. Ulin - Los Angeles Times
“A generous work, scholarly yet utterly accessible, a remarkable showcase of the detective's continuing allure.”
Mark Weingarten - The New York Times
“Hailed as the definitive exegesis of Holmes and his times.”
Daniel Stashower - Washington Post Book World
“A beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable edition...will appeal to first time readers and seasoned veterans.”
Fresh Air
A feast for any fans of the greatest detective who ever stalked the earth.— Maureen Corrigan
Boston Globe
“A vast work of entertaining ingenuity and erudition.”
Publishers Weekly
Eminent attorney and Sherlockian Klinger completes the daunting mission he began with 2004's two volumes examining the original 56 short stories to feature the great detective with this robust third book containing the four Holmes novels. All the gifts that netted Klinger an Edgar Award for best critical/biographical work are again in evidence: clear definitions of obscure terms, pithy discussions of some of the issues that have puzzled and delighted Holmes fans for generations (where exactly was Watson wounded?) and lucid essays (which legend inspired The Hound of the Baskervilles?). Klinger manages the difficult feat of appealing both to those new to the world of Sherlockian scholarship and to those who can quote the stories like gospel. Ample use of illustrations, some from the novels' original appearances, adds to the enjoyment. A must-have for any serious mystery fan, this edition will stand as the benchmark for generations to come. Agent, Donald Maass. Author tour. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskerilles, and The Valley of Fear, all together in one slipcased package with 1000 new notes, 350 illustrations, and more. Should you buy? It's elementary, my dear librarian. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393058000
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/7/2005
  • Pages: 992
  • Sales rank: 252,517
  • Product dimensions: 10.54 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) is most noted for his Sherlock Holmes detective stories. He was a prolific writer whose other works include a wide range of science fiction stories, historical novels, romances, poetry, and nonfiction.

Leslie S. Klinger is the editor of numerous books, including the best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, The New Annotated Dracula, and The Annotated Sandman. He lives in Malibu, California.

Biography

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After nine years in Jesuit schools, he went to Edinburgh University, receiving a degree in medicine in 1881. He then became an eye specialist in Southsea, with a distressing lack of success. Hoping to augment his income, he wrote his first story, A Study in Scarlet. His detective, Sherlock Holmes, was modeled in part after Dr. Joseph Bell of the Edinburgh Infirmary, a man with spectacular powers of observation, analysis, and inference. Conan Doyle may have been influenced also by his admiration for the neat plots of Gaboriau and for Poe's detective, M. Dupin. After several rejections, the story was sold to a British publisher for £25, and thus was born the world's best-known and most-loved fictional detective. Fifty-nine more Sherlock Holmes adventures followed.

Once, wearying of Holmes, his creator killed him off, but was forced by popular demand to resurrect him. Sir Arthur -- he had been knighted for this defense of the British cause in his The Great Boer War -- became an ardent Spiritualist after the death of his son Kingsley, who had been wounded at the Somme in World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in Sussex in 1930.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 22, 1859
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      July 7, 1930
    2. Place of Death:
      Crowborough, Sussex, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2005

    It's annotated, folks, keep that in mind, please.

    According to the 'Guardian Unlimited' website: some may, and I quote, 'find themselves slightly disoriented by the fact that one barely reaches the second paragraph before the text breaks off to engage in a prolonged discussion of Dr. Watson's war wound.' This does NOT bother those of us who thrive on all things 'annotated'. That is how ANNOTATED books are supposed to be, break in as soon as you can with 'discussions', we wouldn't want it any other way. Bravo, Mr. Klinger, for the Sherlockian/Holmesian slam dunk.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    perfect holiday gift

    Last year¿s perfect holiday gift for the mystery readers were the Holmes 56 short stories with illustrations and notes that provided incredible insight into the author and the great detective. Leslie Klinger, who pulled off the miracle of Christmas 2004, does it again for 2005. This time the Holmes scholar provides illustrations (some came with the original novels) and astute footnotes and more to the four Holmes novels (SEE A STUDY IN SCARLET, THE SIGN OF FOUR, THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, and THE VALLEY OF FEAR). As with the shorts, besides having the novels (this reviewer read the last one for the first time recently) the tome contains anecdotes and definitions to Victorian era terms and lively Holmesian debates and treatise on related subjects. The third stand alone homage to Mr. Doyle is the holiday present of this year and not just for the Baker Street Irregulars. --- Harriet Klausner

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