ragruger1022, October 6, 2008 (view all comments by ragruger1022)
I will keep this real short class... Skip a car note if you have to, but buy this entire 3 volume set at your first opprotunity. This collection is entire, complete,very well made,and will not be outdone. This is the last word on Sherlock and an incredible cast of characters. You have your assignment. Class dismissed.
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crowyhead, August 29, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is THE definative set for fans of Sherlock Holmes. There's loads of great footnotes here, detailing aspects of Victorian culture and discussing the links between the stories. It doesn't take itself overly seriously, though -- there's some amusing stuff about possible errors in the manuscript, discontinuities (for example, Watson's wandering war wound), and unlikely but interesting possible connections between the characters. The whole thing's also liberally illustrated, with Sidney Paget's illustrations of course, but also with illustrations from various other magazines and newspapers that serialized the stories. I just can't recommend this enough!
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The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories
New Set Hardcover
Arthur Conan Doyle
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by 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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Peter Straub, author of In the Night Room,
"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."
by Martin Gardner, author of The Annotated Alice,
"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."
by Laurie R. King, author of The Game,
"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."
by Michael Dirda, author of Bound to Please,
"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."
In this boxed set, Klinger, a leading world authority, reassembles Arthur Conan Doyle's 56 classic short stories in the order in which they appeared in late 19th- and early 20th-century book editions.
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.
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