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The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories

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A cause for international celebration—the most important Sherlock Holmes publication in four decades.
This monumental edition promises to be the most important new contribution to Sherlock Holmes literature since William Baring-Gould's 1967 classic work. In this boxed set, Leslie Klinger, a leading world authority, reassembles Arthur Conan Doyle's 56 classic short stories in the order in which they appeared in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century book editions. Inside, ...

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A cause for international celebration—the most important Sherlock Holmes publication in four decades.
This monumental edition promises to be the most important new contribution to Sherlock Holmes literature since William Baring-Gould's 1967 classic work. In this boxed set, Leslie Klinger, a leading world authority, reassembles Arthur Conan Doyle's 56 classic short stories in the order in which they appeared in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century book editions. Inside, readers will find a cornucopia of insights: beginners will benefit from Klinger's insightful biographies of Holmes, Watson, and Conan Doyle; history lovers will revel in the wealth of Victorian literary and cultural details; Sherlockian fanatics will puzzle over tantalizing new theories; art lovers will thrill to the 800-plus illustrations, which make this the most lavishly illustrated edition of the Holmes tales ever produced. The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes illuminates the timeless genius of Arthur Conan Doyle for an entirely new generation of readers.

Winner of the 2005 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical

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Editorial Reviews

Daniel Stashower
The result is a beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable edition that somehow manages to synthesize all that has come before, and will appeal to both first-time readers and seasoned veterans. The lavish boxed set presents all the original short stories in the order of their publication (setting aside the eccentric chronology of the earlier annotated edition) and will be followed next year by a third volume devoted to the four longer stories -- including, of course, The Hound of the Baskervilles. An evocative preface by John le Carré is followed by an informative essay from Klinger, offering useful background on Holmes and his world. More than 800 illustrations are scattered throughout the text, many of them culled from the magazines in which the stories first appeared. Periodic sidebars guide the reader through potentially rocky terrain such as the Boer War; the rules of rugby; and baritsu, the obscure Japanese system of self-defense that proved so helpful to Holmes at the Reichenbach Falls.
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Publishers Weekly
Sherlockians and more casual Holmes fans alike will delight in this comprehensive edition of the 56 original short adventures featuring the world's first private consulting detective. Modeling his efforts on William S. Baring-Gould's 1968 Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Klinger (The Sherlock Holmes Reference Library) packs as many extras into these two volumes as a special director's cut DVD: detailed essays on subjects as diverse as the Boer War and the history of rugby, illuminating citations to early drafts of Doyle's original manuscripts,and full discussions of the numerous theories developed over more than a century concerning ambiguities, contradictions and unresolved issues in the stories. Those new to such scholarship will be fascinated by the sophisticated multidisciplined approach, much of it based on close readings and historical research similar to Bible study. The synthesis of the commentaries will engage veteran Sherlockians, who will be able to compare hypotheses concerning, for example, the true identity of the king of Bohemia or Holmes's actual whereabouts during the Great Hiatus. First-time readers might want to skip Klinger's brief intros to each tale, as they presume familiarity with the plot and often hint strongly at the solutions. Many will prefer this to the Oxford University Press uniform edition of a decade ago. Agent, Donald Maass. (Nov. 30) FYI: The four novels will be treated in a third volume, due in 2005. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This well-produced, clothbound set brings together and celebrates the work of Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of one of the most popular detectives in literature, Sherlock Holmes. Klinger is an authority on Holmes, having written numerous well-received works on the topic. John Le Carre's wholehearted introduction to the compendium suggests that the newcomer to Holmes bypass the literary and historic notes and dive straight into the stories themselves. The layout of the book allows the reader to do so, with detailed and broad notes laid clearly to one side of the original text. Doyle's tales, as entertaining as ever, are made even more appealing by reproductions of over 700 original illustrations from the Strand Magazine, Harper's Weekly, and Collier Magazine, in which many of the tales first appeared. Clear chronological tables and a generous list of sources will be most useful for Sherlockian scholars. A handsome addition to general public or academic library collections. [Norton will complete the collection by publishing a third volume in November 2005, which will contain four novels of Sherlock Holmes and 300 more illustrations.-Ed.]-Rebecca Bollen, Sydney, Australia Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393059168
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: Norton Annotated Series
  • Edition description: (Edited by Leslie S. Klinger)
  • Pages: 1878
  • Sales rank: 157,262
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 4.30 (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.

John le Carré is a noted English author of espionage novels. His many acclaimed books include The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Tailor of Panama; The Russia House, and The Constant Gardener.


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

Table of Contents

The world of Sherlock Holmes
The adventures of Sherlock Holmes 3
A scandal in Bohemia 5
The red-headed league 41
A case of identity 74
The Boscombe Valley mystery 101
The five orange pips 133
The man with the twisted lip 159
"A rose by any other name..." 194
The adventure of the blue carbuncle 197
A winter's crop 224
The adventure of the speckled band 227
"It is a swamp adder!...the deadliest snake in India" 259
The guns of Sherlock Holmes and John H. Watson, M.D. 262
The adventure of the engineer's thumb 264
The adventure of the noble bachelor 291
The adventure of the beryl coronet 319
The adventure of the copper beeches 351
The memoirs of Sherlock Holmes 385
Silver blaze 387
"...And the calculation is a simple one" 418
"I stand to win a little on this next race..." 420
The cardboard box 422
The yellow face 449
The stock-broker's clerk 474
The "Gloria Scott" 501
The Musgrave ritual 528
The ritual of the Musgraves 553
The Reigate squires 557
The crooked man 582
The Indian mutiny 605
The resident patient 608
The text of "The resident patient" 631
The Greek interpreter 635
Mycroft Holmes 663
The naval treaty 665
The final problem 713
Revisions of "The final problem" 745
Chronological table : the life and times of Sherlock Holmes 749
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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    60 Masterpieces in Superb Annotation.

    Leslie Klinger's annotations are timeless. Over the years I've reread my favorite stories in the Holmes canon and no one explains them better than Leslie Klinger's cross-referenced insights. They tie themes and characters together with great precision. His explanations help reinforce the notion that Holmes was a real person ("the greatest detective who never lived"). The result is that I'm always in for endless hours of enjoyable reading. Holmes is in love with facts and data to satisfy his restless mind. They are his building blocks and Klinger's annotations connect the dots to make "detection as near to an exact science as it ever will be brought in this world" (a cross reference to A Study in Scarlet).

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  • Posted February 13, 2009

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    Find out what true Sherlock Holmes fanatics are talking about!

    If you haven't read the original Sherlock Holmes classics, read them! If you are interested in finding out what "Sherlockian Scholarship" is all about this is a great way to get an overview of what true Sherlock Holmes fans have been writing, discussing, and arguing about, this is the definitive overview of the material side by side with the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This book is ideal for both longtime and new fans of the original 60 stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2008

    A collection for a lifetime

    My parents gave me long ago a hardcover version of 'The Return of Sherlock Holmes'. Over the years I read and re- read the stories finding them immensely enjoyable even though the original mystery was no longer hidden for me. It has been an absolute pleasure to read all the facts and annotations and look at the illustrations in this collection and the stories have come alive yet again for me. As a personal bonus, I discovered there where one or two stories that somehow had escaped me all these years (from 'His Last Bow'). The books are heavy and big, but not so much so that you can only use them as reference, they are very readable and designed to last a lifetime.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great holida gift

    This collection makes quite a holiday stocking stuffer (need an extra large sock) for the mystery aficionado as the two volumes focus on and provides the fifty-six short stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle. The tales are well known and require no accolades as to how good they are especially to fans of the great detective. Though this reviewer read most if not all as a teen, re-reading them was a delight that was done in one-two tales a night over the last month. Of interest is all the additions including annotations, commentary and essays on side subjects raised in the tale such as the Boer War. The biographies of Holmes and Watson are an added treat. Finally there are fascinating thesis and hypothesis provided on interpretation, alternate views, disagreements, and inconsistencies within the shorts, which this reviewer still is reading............................. A positive leap forward from the previous all encompassing work (see William S. Baring-Gould's ANNOTATED SHERLOCK HOLMES). This is a tremendous anthology not just for the stories that are excellent, but because of the side notes and anecdotal commentary that show an incredible amount of research, insight and the 700 plus illustrations that enhance this incredible tome. THE NEW ANNOTATED SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES is a fantastic introduction to the world¿s finest detective so complete that fans will believe that this Sherlock Holmes compilation proves the sleuth lived. Note that the four novels will follow in their own volume...................... Harriet Klausner

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