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A cause for international celebration—the most important Sherlock Holmes publication in four decades.
Daniel StashowerThe 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 WeeklySherlockians 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 JournalThis 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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Laurie R. KingSherlockian commentary is both a science and an art, demanding on the one hand a prodigious knowledge of a thousand disparate subjects and on the other a degree of wit and humor to ease its presentation. Leslie Klinger's The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes reveals a writer rich in both requirements, producing a work both entertaining and informative.
Peter StraubThis is what we have been waiting for: all the Sherlock Holmes stories with the most learned, interesting, revelatory annotations possible. The task will never be performed better, and in fact, need never be done again. An indispensable set.
Michael DirdaElementary? Hardly. Even the sleuth of Baker Street would be awed by the ingenious deductions and dazzling speculations of modern Sherlockian scholarship. There is no better guide to this seriously playful detective work than Leslie Klinger and The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes.
Martin GardnerNo Sherlockian, here or around the world, can fail to be overwhelmed and overjoyed by Leslie Klinger's annotated edition of Watson's collections of Holmes's most colorful cases. The books' more than two thousand notes are awesome in their scope and erudition. Its hundreds of illustrations alone are worth the books' price...a marvelous milestone in Sherlockian criticism. One can hardly wait for the third volume in Klinger's monumental set.
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