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The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Novels (Slipcased Edition) (Vol. 3) Hardcover – November 17, 2005
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“A must-have for any serious mystery fan, this edition will stand as the benchmark for generations to come.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A vast work of entertaining ingenuity and erudition.” (Boston Globe)
“Even the sleuth of Baker Street would be awed by the ingenious deductions and dazzling speculations of modern Sherlockian scholarship.” (Michael Dirda)
“Hailed as the definitive exegesis of Holmes and his times.” (Mark Weingarten - The New York Times)
“A feast for any fans of the greatest detective who ever stalked the earth.” (Maureen Corrigan - Fresh Air)
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This large oversize book contains annotations that are placed alongside the text for easy reference plus many of the original illustations by Sidney Paget and period photos. Mr. Klinger's working assumption is that these stories and novels concerning Sherlock Holmes are historically true. This leads to some hysterical explanations of the many contradictory statements present throughtout these three volumes (Mr. Doyle evidently never went back to earlier writings to make them consistent).
If the reader should procure all three volumes together on Amazon, they are half of the $200 list price. These prices are a steal for nearly 3,000 pages of a beautiful edition of this quality (think of the Library of America publications) which will last a lifetime. All three books are more comprehensive than the two volume set by William Baring-Gould (1968) and less bulky than the nine volume edition from Oxford University Press. Mr. Klinger's annotations are clear, concise and well-informed by his considerable research of the world of Sherlock Holmes. This is an edition that the reader will return to again and again on a cold winter's night.
All volumes are boxed with slip cases, and I have never had a better set of books on my shelves. As with the first two volumes, the text is printed on the left-hand side of the page in black, with the annotations in red printed on the right-hand side. A plentitude of pictures/illustrations to the time of Holmes, gives the reader an historical feel of this era. In addition, the pen & ink of Sidney Paget we have come associate with Holmes and Watson are here also.
As with the forerunner two, this volume is one most Sherlock Holmes fans will want on their library shelves. I started reading volume 3 the day it arrived. For those of us who have read the Holmes stories for years these annotated copies, such as these three, are not only a necessity but they are books from which most readers can still learn much. For most of us no matter how much we know of Holmes there always seems to be more we can learn. And if you enjoy Holmes, these are the best books to come on the market in the last 40 years, bar none.
Be sure to check out the first two volumes also. You may need all three if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan. However, you may want to take note that these 3 volumes are oversized and have some weight to them.
I highly recommend all three.
What I find most charming about these three volumes is the annotator's full blown acceptance of the major tenet of Sherlockian studies: Holmes and Watson were real people who actually solved the crimes and mysteries documented by Conan Doyle, who in the Sherlockian world was merely a collaborator and editor. This leads to fascinating speculations on the nature and location(s) of Watson's war wounds; the actual addresses of some of the crime scenes; and the true nature of such varied topics as Mormonism and the English Corn Laws. Thus an enthusiast for Holmes will not only learn a great deal about his favorite detective, he will also pick up a lot of information about life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Not only does this third volume complete the annotation of all of Doyle's writings on Holmes, it also makes an elegant addition to your bookshelves: when placed alongside the first two volumes, the jackets combine to make a nice silhouette of Holmes in his deerstalker!
Besides Baring-Gould, there have been several other writers who have produced books on Holmes. Mr. Klinger seems to have researched them all and summarized their views, particularily where differences exist. For instance, the date that 'The Sign of the Four' took place is fairly important to Sherlockians. Mr. Klinger gives the dates calculated by sixteen different books.
Also added in this edition is a large number of drawings and photographs. Some of these come from the Strand Magazine and date back to the publication of the original story in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Some photographs come from the various movies including my favorites with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Others come from book covers, movie posters.
Conclusion: Great Book. If you've done the Sherlock stories without an annotated version, you're in for a real treat. If you have an earlier annotated version, you need this one to complete the set.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Book for the Collected works of THE Sherlock Holmes. Very cool hardback book that compliments the other volume you can buy that complete the silhouette of Mr. Holmes. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Benjamin L.
The book itself is one of the best annotated I've ever seen. Holmes fan or not, the historical and just plain fascinating nature of the book is phenomenal. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sherlock Holmes
Got this for my father-in-law as he's a huge Sherlock fan. I've never read any of them, though I did read this book a bit before giving it to him! Read morePublished 14 months ago by romevi
The item arrived in a dirty and dusty condition. It's an excellent book content-wise.Published 16 months ago by Judith E. Harper
In meticulous style, this volume (as are the other two companion volumes) is spaciously annotated and citing backgrounds, side plot discussions, and commentary on plot twists... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Earl
It is critical that you read the Holmes stories in the context of where abd wren they took place, and this book does that and more..Published on February 7, 2014 by R. A. Simon
Gorgeous edition, and incredible annotations. I've read all of Sherlock Holmes several times throughout my life. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by S
I have read them all a long time ago, but what is really neat is having the cross referencing about a whole lot of stuff That I did not know. Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by Leslie Gibbons