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  • Hardcover: 1878 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Slipcased ed edition (8 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393059162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393059168
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 10.9 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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"These beautifully produced volumes, as big as gold-tooled church bibles, packed with cross-references and indexes, suggest Homes and Watson are not only immortal but the subject of a fanatical and crazy religion." Roger Lewis, The Sunday Express, 30 Jan 2005

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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 one of the world's foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes. He is the editor of the three-volume set The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes. The first two volumes, The Complete Short Stories, won the Edgar for "Best Critical/Biographical" work. He has just published In the Company of Sherlock Holmes and The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft. Klinger is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and lives in Malibu. John le Carre 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.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Baker Street Irregular on 6 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
Yes, these are expensive (as is the companion volume containing the four novels); but sometimes, one needs to indulge oneself a bit. And any Sherlockian wishing to indulge his or her self can do no better than these wonderful volumes.

Of course, they are too heavy to be read on the bus, say. These volumes are for the end of the day, when you're curled up in your favourite armchair, with a glass of your favourite tipple close at hand. And you can then transport yourself to 221B Baker Street, and enter once again that magical world, with its quite indefinable charm.

The paper, printing and binding of these volumes are of the highest possible standard. They are very well illustrated - containing as they do all the original illustrations of Sidney Paget et al, the various illustrations that appeared in the American editions, and also many contemporary photographs of people and places mentioned in these stories. Best of all, perhaps, are the detailed annotations: I haven't counted them all, but I wouldn't be surprised if they run into the thousands. These annotations discuss in considerable detail the factual background of the various references made in these stories, and also the innumerable theories and hypotheses (quite frequently so outrageous as to be downright barmy) that have cropped up over the years from various Holmesians. Throughout, the conceit is maintained that Holmes & Watson were real people. All in all, there's enough here to keep any Holmes anorak happy for an entire lifetime.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Genealogist on 3 Aug. 2005
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These are all of the Sherlock Holmes short stories in two beautiful volumes. Superb. A must for Holmes devotees. Be warned these are BIG heavy books, but are absolutely the best version that has been published - at any time.
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An attractive book to look at but the annotations (which sadly is the main reason for purchasing such a work) do not come close to capturing the spirit of these classics. The author is way off the mark with his comments and any dedicated Sherlockians will be very disappointed if they buy these books.

There are far better commentaries available such as the Oxford Sherlock Holmes.
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This collection of stories of Sherlock Holmes is surely the best among the many published. The presence of numerous notes that accompany the texts of the stories allow the reader to "live in-person" the Victorian atmosphere of that time, to learn and expand on certain aspects which, though not directly related to the stories, are an interesting corollary.
The many notes can slow down the reading, but do not disturb the enthusiast of Holmes who,of course, has already read and knows his adventures. Moreover, the many drawings of the known Sidney Paget and other illustrations of the time make even more fascinating the content of the stories. Certainly Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would give his appreciation to this collection of his most famous works.
The work of Leslie Klinger is also valued by the excellent graphic format chosen, which makes this two volumes a "must" for lovers of Holmes and the various characters that interact with the detective.
In summary, the work may be defined as a milestone in the reading and study of the character Holmes and make Leslie Klinger an authority on the matter. This beautiful work should absolutely be present in the library of a lover of mysteries stories.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 31 Dec. 2004
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For those of us used to the major Holmes novellas like 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', it's easy to neglect the real treasure trove of Holmes mysteries made up of the fifty-six short stories published in the Strand Magazine. Leslie Klinger reproduces them here, faithfully printed in facsimile form, complete with the original illustrations ... and much, much more.
Klinger includes a host of annotations - articles and enigmatic theories contributed by Holmes' scholars over the last century in which they attempt to explain what the great detective was really doing. Holmes has a dedicated band of followers who believe him real, believe him still alive, believe he was actually a woman. There are probably fans who think he is an alien.
If the stories weren't fascinating enough in their own right, Klinger's exploration of the world of Holmes makes entertaining reading ... and provides an ironic commentary on the human condition and the preparedness of people to live life through their heroes ... even fictional heroes.
I can, of course, reveal the obvious - although in all the film versions Holmes and Watson speak with impeccable English accents, it has to be recognised that they were both, in fact, Scotsmen. The assumption of Englishness is merely a finely wrought symphony in irony, courtesy of the author ... a Scot, of course!
Conan Doyle was an artist, a man who helped shape the short story and the cliff-hanger into an art form. He combined a genius for narrative story-telling with the ability to weave characters, characters so convincing they have become real and the subject of speculation in a way few other fictional creatures ever have.
A startling publication - the two volumes run to nearly 2000 pages and come in at slightly below bantamweight. Heavy reading, but a delight all the same.
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