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But every mystery reader already knows this. I'm pointing out this marvelous book because it has been extensively annotated by a fine Sherlockian scholar, Les Klinger, who has brought to all serious students of the Holmesian canon a level of erudition seldom encountered. In addition to the expected illustrations from The Strand magazine and meticulous scrutiny of chronological evidence of various events, there are references to primary sources and a staggering helping of information from the thousands of works about Sherlock Holmes by others.
More than 30 years ago, another great Sherlockian scholar, William S. Baring-Gould, produced a ground-breaking volume that enjoyed more than 35 printings in its original two-volume format and probably sold just as many copies in a slightly less elaborate one-volume size. The Annotated Sherlock Holmes became the single most essential volume in the library of any true Sherlockian, of which the world has far more than you think.
Les Klinger has acknowledged Baring-Gould in every way imaginable, and it was an act of extraordinary courage to attempt to supercede that monumental work. But that is exactly what he appears to be doing. The first volume, his annotated edition of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, was introduced by the same publisher last year. There are seven yet to come.
If you want to master just about everything there is to know about The Great Detective and The Good Doctor, to understand what Holmes meant when he referred to "a comet vintage" of wine, and to know what discrepancies there are between the English and American editions of the works, plus a thousand other things relating to Holmes, Watson, and the England of the Victorian era, you must have this volume, as well as all the others in the series as they become available over the next few years. --Otto Penzler --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
These stories are Dr.Watsons point of view; each chapter a separate story, various scenarios where Watson draws stories out of Sherlock about cases from before Dr. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Naturallia
Even though Sherlock is fictional, always love the stories and mostly made for TV stories with him the star. Never tire of these kind of mysteries.Published 6 days ago by Linda Kuykendall
Classic Holmes, not the movie or TV version but the real thing.Published 7 days ago by Boyd W. Miles
Since first I read of the author's works I have been enraptured. I thought that I had read everything by him, but apparently I was wrong, happily! A must read, definitely!Published 8 days ago by Linda Whitehead Humbert
Enjoyed every story and am compelled to read the entire library of Doyle. Glad I started with a book near the first so I can read them in orderPublished 8 days ago by happy customer