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The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories

The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories

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by Arthur Conan Doyle, Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), John le Carré (Introduction)

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


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.

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.
The Washington Post
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.

Product Details

Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
Norton Annotated Series
Edition description:
(Edited by Leslie S. Klinger)
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.80(h) x 4.30(d)

What People are Saying About This

Laurie R. King
Sherlockian 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 Straub
This 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 Dirda
Elementary? 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 Gardner
No 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.

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 New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft. 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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 22, 1859
Date of Death:
July 7, 1930
Place of Birth:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Death:
Crowborough, Sussex, England
Edinburgh University, B.M., 1881; M.D., 1885

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The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
haroldfontek More than 1 year ago
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).
harstan More than 1 year ago
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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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.
LarryFCO More than 1 year ago
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.