The four classic novels of Sherlock Holmes, heavily illustrated and annotated with extensive scholarly commentary, in an attractive and elegant slipcase.
The publication of Leslie S. Klinger's brilliant new annotations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's four classic Holmes novels in 2005 created a Holmes sensation. Klinger reassembles Doyle's four seminal novels in their original order, with over 1,000 notes, 350 illustrations and period photographs, and tantalizing new Sherlockian theories. Inside, readers will find:
- A Study in Scarlet (1887)a tale of murder and revenge that tells of Holmes and Dr. Watson's first meeting;
- The Sign of Four (1889)a chilling tale of lost treasure...and of how Watson met his wife;
- The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901)hailed as the greatest mystery novel of all time; and
- The Valley of Fear (1914)a fresh murder scene that leads Holmes to solve a long-forgotten mystery.
Whether as a stand-alone volume or as a companion to the short stories, this classic work illuminates the timeless genius of Conan Doyle for an entirely new generation.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Edition description:||Slipcased Edition|
|Product dimensions:||10.54(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.15(d)|
About 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.
Date of Birth:May 22, 1859
Date of Death:July 7, 1930
Place of Birth:Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Death:Crowborough, Sussex, England
Education:Edinburgh University, B.M., 1881; M.D., 1885
What People are Saying About This
Even the sleuth of Baker Street would be awed by the ingenious deductions and dazzling speculations of modern Sherlockian scholarship.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
According to the 'Guardian Unlimited' website: some may, and I quote, 'find themselves slightly disoriented by the fact that one barely reaches the second paragraph before the text breaks off to engage in a prolonged discussion of Dr. Watson's war wound.' This does NOT bother those of us who thrive on all things 'annotated'. That is how ANNOTATED books are supposed to be, break in as soon as you can with 'discussions', we wouldn't want it any other way. Bravo, Mr. Klinger, for the Sherlockian/Holmesian slam dunk.
Last year¿s perfect holiday gift for the mystery readers were the Holmes 56 short stories with illustrations and notes that provided incredible insight into the author and the great detective. Leslie Klinger, who pulled off the miracle of Christmas 2004, does it again for 2005. This time the Holmes scholar provides illustrations (some came with the original novels) and astute footnotes and more to the four Holmes novels (SEE A STUDY IN SCARLET, THE SIGN OF FOUR, THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, and THE VALLEY OF FEAR). As with the shorts, besides having the novels (this reviewer read the last one for the first time recently) the tome contains anecdotes and definitions to Victorian era terms and lively Holmesian debates and treatise on related subjects. The third stand alone homage to Mr. Doyle is the holiday present of this year and not just for the Baker Street Irregulars. --- Harriet Klausner
A Study in Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle (4/5)This and the following three books were all collected in Leslie Klinger's excellent New Annotated Sherlock Holmes.This novel describes Holmes and Watson's first meeting, with Watson being at first unsure what exactly his new roommate does for a living. The mystery itself wasn't one of my favorites; parts of it struck me as a bit contrived, and the long flashback that takes place in Utah and doesn't involve Holmes or Watson bored me a little.The Sign of Four Arthur Conan Doyle (5/5)This is a really good one, if quite short. There's lots of exotic stuff (stolen treasure! a Pygmy who shoots poisoned darts!) and some great deducing by everyone's favorite detective.The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle (5/5)My favorite of the Holmes novels. This one is still good even if you know how it ends, and offers some pleasantly shivery moments, what with spectral hounds howling on the moors and such.The Valley of Fear Arthur Conan Doyle (4/5)I have mixed feelings about this one. In a lot of ways it seems like a short story that was padded out with a flashback (much like A Study in Scarlet), and I found the end a bit depressing and dissatisfying. On the other hand, the interaction between Holmes and Watson at the beginning of the novel is wonderful, with Holmes coming off as almost playful in his teasing of Watson.