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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Illustrated) (Top Five Classics Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , Top Five Books , Sidney Paget
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Book Description

This Top Five Classics edition of THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES includes:

• More than 60 original illustrations by Sidney Paget
• An Introduction
• Author biography and bibliography

Could it be that Sherlock Holmes has finally met his match in the villainous Professor Moriarty? Quite possibly. The only way to know for certain is to read the climactic story “The Final Problem” from this collection of Sherlock Holmes tales.

In this second compilation of stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (following The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes), we learn about Holmes’ first-ever investigation in “The Gloria Scott”; meet his older, smarter (and fatter and lazier) brother, Mycroft; and are introduced to the most evil criminal mastermind in English literature, Professor Moriarty.

Including all twelve stories that originally appeared in the Strand Magazine, THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES contains some of the greatest mysteries the world’s greatest detective and Dr. Watson ever encountered.


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Penzler Pick, February 2000: What is there about the greatest series of short stories in the history of the world that hasn't already been said? This is the second (of five) story collections by Doyle about the greatest detective in literature--and a splendid volume it is, containing such superb puzzles as "The Greek Interpreter," in which readers are introduced to Mycroft Holmes; "The Musgrave Ritual"; "Silver Blaze"; and the earth-shattering "The Final Adventure," recounting the struggle between Holmes and the evil Professor Moriarty in which the two titans were apparently killed as they went over the edge of the Reichenbach Falls.

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

From Library Journal

This BBC radio production presents all 12 short stories in Conan Doyle's 1893 Memoirs collection, which includes such gold as "Silver Blaze," "The Musgrave Ritual," and "The Final Problem." This is radio drama in the grand tradition, and the programs feature fine acting, moody sound effects, and original violin music. The stories are generally convincing, with Clive Merrison and Michael Williams taking on the roles of the consulting detective and his doctor friend Boswell. Williams is quite fine as the dutiful and often perplexed Watson, but Merrison's Holmes at times comes across as confused and even pompous. Generally, however, he does the role justice. Pop in a tape, close your eyes, and be transported back to Victorian London. The lights on Baker Street are always on. Recommended.?Michael Rogers, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 2993 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Top Five Books (June 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JCSLHQ
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Kindle Version. May 24, 2012
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Recently watched the last episode of the second season of "Sherlock" on PBS. It made me want to read the original story, "The Final Problem", which appeared in "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes". I found this free copy of "Memoirs" on Kindle, and it includes illustrations and a table of contents, which is important since "Final" is the last story in the book.

This is a must have for anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic! October 18, 2013
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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a classic collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. The illustrations by Sidney Paget brought the story to life. Most of our modern day detective stories are built on the antics and methods of Sherlock Holmes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic May 10, 2013
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Still a great gift of stories and so much fun to read on a kindle. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson really come to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome April 3, 2013
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Sherlock Holmes has always fascinated me and the stories always tickles your investigative brain :) This teaches the art of observation, always fascinated by the keen observation that Sherlock Holmes has...
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5.0 out of 5 stars You need this January 7, 2013
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Everyone should get this, it's an amazing read, great for whiling away a few days. The original illustrations are gorgeous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice! January 6, 2013
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Great illustrated rendering of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's great works of our most loved detective, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Do but it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories! December 12, 2012
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Definitely worth reading, and the illustrations are fantastic! If you're a Holmes fan, you'll love these stories. It's easy to get lost in them and the illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories about The Great Detective September 12, 2012
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I have very much enjoyed reading these classic tales. With so many media treatments of Sherlock Holmes out there right now, it is great fun to read the source material and see how they use it(or don't use it, as the case may be). The stories aren't quite as action packed as modern tv or movie plots, and the language is definitely from another era, but it's very evocative, and the accompaying illustrations are perfect. It becomes clear why the character of Sherlock Holmes has become such a beloved and enduring part of the culture of Western Civilization.
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