Synopses & Reviews
Since its inception in 1999 with The Annotated Alice, the Norton Annotated Books series has been acclaimed and praised for its thoroughly annotated and lushly illustrated editions of great literature—from The Wizard of Ozto The Secret Garden, from the adventures of Sherlock Holmes to the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge. Now all fourteen volumes (to date) of the Norton Annotated Books are available in a single set of 15 books (The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Storiesis two volumes). With lush illustrations (color, two-tone, and black-and-white photos and illustrations throughout each volume) and entertaining, authoritative annotations throughout each, the Annotated Books provide the most entertaining and intimate experiences of these great classics:
The Annotated Alice(by Lewis Carroll with illustrations by John Tenniel, edited by Martin Gardner): The Definitive Edition of The Annotated Alicecombines the notes of Gardner's 1960 Annotated Alicewith his 1990 update, More Annotated Alice, as well as additional new discoveries and updates drawn from Gardner's encyclopedic knowledge of the texts.
The Annotated Brothers Grimm(by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, edited and translated by Maria Tatar): The Annotated Brothers Grimmcelebrates the richness and dramatic power of the legendary fables with forty stories in new translations by Maria Tatar—including "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Snow White," and "Rapunzel," plus tales that were previously excised, including a few bawdy stories and others that were removed after the Grimms learned that parents were reading the book to their children.
The Annotated Christmas Carol(by Charles Dickens with illustrations by John Leech, edited by Michael Patrick Hearn): With extensive annotations and reading notes, this is the first edition to combine the original text of 1843 with Dickens's Public Reading text, which had its world premiere in America in 1867 and had not been reprinted in nearly a century. Also included are rare photographs as well as the original Leech wood engravings and hand-colored etchings.
The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales(edited and translated by Maria Tatar): Tatar, a leading expert in the field of folklore and children's literature, guides readers through the stories, exploring their historical origins, their cultural complexities, and their psychological effects. Tatar presents twenty-six classic stories—including "Beauty and the Beast," "Little Red Hiding Hood," "Jack and the Beanstalk," and "The Little Mermaid." Over 300 often rare, mostly four-color photographs, paintings, and illustrations.
The New Annotated Dracula(by Bram Stoker, edited by Leslie S. Klinger): Traveling through two hundred years of popular culture and myth as well as graveyards and the wilds of Transylvania, Klinger's notes illuminate every aspect of this haunting narrative, including a detailed examination of the original typescript of Dracula, with its shockingly different ending, previously unavailable to scholars.
The Annotated Hunting of the Snark(by Lewis Carroll with illustrations by Henry Holiday, edited by Martin Gardner): A trove of new annotations and illustrations, uncovering some of the most confounding literary, linguistic, and mathematical references embedded in any of Lewis Carroll's many works. Included in this gorgeous, two-color volume is an introduction by Adam Gopnik, as well as Henry Holiday's distinctive, original illustrations, a substantial bibliography, and a suppressed drawing of the infamous Boojum.
The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen(by Hans Christian Andersen, edited and translated by Maria Tatar): Tatar celebrates the stories told by Denmark's "perfect wizard.” Andersen's most beloved tales, such as "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Little Mermaid," are now joined by "The Shadow" and "Story of a Mother," mature stories that reveal his literary range and depth, showing exactly how Andersen became one of the world's ten most translated authors, along with Shakespeare, Dickens, and Marx.
The Annotated Huckleberry Finn(by Mark Twain with illustrations by E. W. Kemble, edited by Michael Patrick Hearn): Hearn's copious annotations draw on primary sources including the original manuscript, Twain's revisions and letters, and period accounts. Reproducing the original E. W. Kemble illustrations from the first edition, as well as countless archival photographs and drawings, some of them previously unpublished.
The Annotated Secret Garden(by Frances Hodgson Burnett, edited by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina): Gerzina, the author of the definitive biography of Frances Hodgson Burnett, brings out aspects of Burnett's life that led her to write the much-loved tale read by generations of children, details of the Victorian England time period, attitudes toward children, and Burnett's spiritual leanings. With over one hundred illustrations, many in vibrant color.
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories, in two slipcased volumes (by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, edited by Leslie S. Klinger): In two elegantly slipcased volumes, 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, 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 700-plus illustrations.
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Novels, in a slipcased volume (by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, edited by Leslie S. Klinger): The four classic novels of Sherlock Holmes available in a new slipcased edition. Klinger reassembles Doyle's four seminal novels (A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Valley of Fear) in their original order, with over 1,000 new notes, 350 illustrations and period photographs, and tantalizing new Sherlockian theories.
The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin(by Harriet Beecher Stowe, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Hollis Robbins): Declared worthless and dehumanizing by James Baldwin in 1949, Uncle Tom's Cabinhas lacked literary credibility for fifty years. Now, in a ringing refutation of Baldwin, Henry Louis Gates Jr. demonstrates the literary transcendence of Harriet Beecher Stowe's masterpiece, providing new insights into emerging race-relation, women's, gay, and gender issues. With reproductions of rare prints, posters, and photographs, this book is also one of the most thorough anthologies of Uncle Tom images up to the present day. .
The Annotated Wind in the Willows(by Kenneth Grahame, edited by Annie Gauger): Discover the sheer joy of the original text, restored to the original 1908 version, illustrated with hundreds of full-color images—including the beloved drawings by E. H. Shepard and Arthur Rackham. This edition reproduces the original letters in their entirety and includes nearly a thousand delightful annotations on everything from automobiles (Toad drove an Armstrong Hardcastle Special Eight) and early motorcar etiquette to modern manifestations (Disneyland's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride).
The Annotated Wizard of Oz(by L. Frank Baum, with illustrations by W. W. Denslow, edited by Michael Patrick Hearn): Hearn, the world's leading Oz scholar, provides a spellbinding annotated edition that illuminates all of Oz's numerous contemporary references, provides fascinating character sources, and explains the actual meaning of the word "Oz." A facsimile of the rare 1900 first edition appears with the original drawings by W. W. Denslow—scrupulously reproduced to mimic their correct colors, using a different color for each region of Oz—as well as twenty-five previously unpublished illustrations.
For over half a century, Martin Gardner has established himself as one of the world's leading authorities on Lewis Carroll. His , first published in 1959, has over half a million copies in print around the world and is beloved by both families and scholars--for it was Gardner who first decoded many of the mathematical riddles and wordplay that lay ingeniously embedded in Carroll's two classic stories, and . Forty years after this groundbreaking publication, Norton is proud to publish the Definitive Edition of , a work that combines the notes of Gardner's 1959 edition with his 1990 volume, , as well as additional discoveries drawn from Gardner's encyclopedic knowledge of the texts. Illustrated with John Tenniel's classic, beloved art--along with many recently discovered Tenniel pencil sketches--will be Gardner's most beautiful and enduring tribute to Carroll's masterpieces yet.
The culmination of a lifetime of scholarship, is a landmark event in the rich history of Lewis Carroll and cause to celebrate the remarkable career of Martin Gardner.
About the Author
Hans Christian Andersen(1805-1875), famous Danish author and poet, is beloved by children and adults the world around for his famous children's stories such as "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," "The Snow Queen," "The Little Mermaid," "Thumbelina," "The Little Match Girl," The Ugly Duckling," "The Emperor's New Clothes," and "The Princess and the Pea," among many others.L. Frank Baum(1856-1919) was an American author, poet, playwright, actor, and independent filmmaker best known today as the creator—along with illustrator W. W. Denslow—of one of the most popular books in American children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen Oz sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a plethora of other works, and brought several of his works to the stage and screen. His is known to his fans as "The Royal Historian of Oz."Frances Hodgson Burnett(1849-1924) was an Anglo-American playwright and author. She is best known for her children's stories, in particular The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Little Lord Fauntleroy.Lewis Carroll(1832-1898), the pen name of Oxford mathematician, logician, photographer and author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, is famous the world over for his fantastic classics Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, The Hunting of the Snark, Jabberwocky, and Sylvie and Bruno.Charles Dickens(1812-1870) is one of the most acclaimed and popular writers of all time. His many works include the classics The Old Curiosity Shop, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, Barnaby Rudge, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Bleak House, Hard Times, Our Mutual Friend, The Pickwick Papersand many more.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.Kenneth Grahame(1859-1932) was a British writer, most famous for his children's classics The Reluctant Dragon(1898) and The Wind in the Willows(1908).Jacob Grimm(1785-1863) is the author, along with his brother Wilhelm, of the classic tales of folklore and fantasy collectively known as Grimm's Fairy Tales. Also a librarian and dictionary writer, Jacob was an acclaimed linguist and academic who elaborated "Grimm's Law," a major historical breakthrough in the development of the study of linguistics.Wilhelm Grimm(1786-1859) studied law in the early 1800s but became much better known as an accomplished and passionate storyteller and, with his brother Jacob, one of the Grimm Brothers, who gave the world the groundbreaking and fantastic collection of folklore, fairy stories, and fantasy tales we now call Grimm's Fairy Tales.Bram Stoker(1847-1912), an Irish novelist and short story writer, was known during his lifetime as the personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned, but is best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula.Harriet Beecher Stowe(1811-1896) was an American abolitionist and author. Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin(1852) depicted life for African-Americans under slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the U.S. and Britain and made the political issues of the 1850s regarding slavery tangible to millions.Samuel Langhorne Clemens(1835-1910), best known to the world by his pen-name Mark Twain, was an author and humorist, noted for his novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn(1884), which has been called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer(1876, among many others. William Wallace Denslow(1856-1915) was a prolific illustrator, cartoonist, and caricaturist, best remembered for his work in collaboration with author L. Frank Baum, especially his illustrations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the first of the Oz books. An editorial cartoonist with a strong interest in politics, Denslow also illustrated his own books including Denslow's Mother Goose(1901), Denslow's Night Before Christmas(1902) and the 18-volume Denslow's Picture Booksseries (1903-4). The royalties from the print and stage versions of The Wizard of Ozwere sufficient to allow Denslow to purchase Bluck's Island in Bermuda, and crown himself King Denslow I. However, he drank his money away, and he died in obscurity, of pneumonia.English artist Henry Holiday(1839-1927) worked in the Pre-Raphaelite school and created many works of art, including over 300 commissioned stained-glass windows and the illustrations for Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark.John Leech(1817-1864) was a well regarded English caricaturist, whose works often appeared in Punchand the London News. An accomplished lithographer and engraver, Leech's illustrations illuminated the original edition of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol.The many works of Sir John Tenniel(1820-1914) include many humorous and political cartoons for Punchand other periodicals of the time, but he is best known for his illustrations of the original editions of Alice in Wonderlandand Through the Looking Class.Edward Winsor Kemble(1861'"1933) was born in Sacramento, California. An American cartoonist and illustrator, Kemble was commissioned by Mark Twain to illustrate the original edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He also created political cartoons and other illustrations for newspapers and magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, The New York Daily Graphic, and Life.Martin Gardner (1914-2010) is the author of more than seventy books, including Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, The Annotated Alice, The Annotated Hunting of the Snark, and The Colossal Book of Mathematics.Annie Gaugerstudied at Oxford University, researching the papers of Kenneth Grahame in the Bodleian Library. A fellow at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, she is a member of the Kenneth Grahame Society and has appeared on NPR and the BBC. She lives south of Boston, Massachusetts.Henry Louis Gates Jr.(Ph.D. Cambridge) is Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director, W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, at Harvard University. He is the author of Figures in Black: Words, Signs, and the Racial Self; The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Criticism; Loose Canons: Notes on the Culture Wars; Colored People: A Memoir; The Future of Race(with Cornel West); Wonders of the African World; Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man; and America Behind the Color Line: Dialogues with African Americans. He is general editor (with the late Nellie Y. McKay) of The Norton Anthology of African American Literature; editor-in-chief of the Oxford African American Studies Center (online); editor of The African-American Century(with Cornel West); Encarta Africana(with Kwame Anthony Appiah); and The Bondwoman’s Narrativeby Hannah Craft; African American National Biography(with Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham) and The Annotated Uncle Tom’s Cabin(with Hollis Robbins). For PBS, Professor Gates has written and produced several documentaries, among them African American Lives, series 1 and 2, and America Behind the Color Line.Gretchen Holbrook Gerzinais a professor of English at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Frances Hodgson Burnett, Black London, Carrington, Looking for Bijah and Lucy, and editor of The Annotated Secret Garden. She lives near Hanover, New Hampshire.Michael Patrick Hearnhas written for the New York Times, The Nation,and many other publications. His books include From the Silver Age to Stalin: Russian Children's Book Illustrationand The Porcelain Cat; he has edited The Victorian Fairy Tale Book, The Annotated Wizard of Oz, The Annotated Christmas Carol, and The Annotated Huckleberry Finn. Hearn lives in New York City.Leslie S. Klingeris the author of numerous books, including The Sherlock Holmes Reference Libraryand the best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmesand The New Annotated Dracula. He lives in Malibu, California.Hollis Robbinsreceived a PhD from Princeton University in English literature. She teaches at Millsaps College in Mississippi.Maria Tatarchairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University. She is the author of Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood, Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhoodand many other books on folklore and fairy stories. She is also the editor and translator of The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, The Classic Fairy Tales: A Norton Critical Editionand The Grimm Reader. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.