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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (The Sherlock Holmes Reference Library) Paperback – December 26, 1998
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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 these volumes. - --Otto Penzler, The Mysterious Bookshop
...a beautiful piece of work, meeting and exceeding our expectations. This will be a standard for years to come, and every Sherlockian will want to have it. - --The Baker Street Journal
The standards of scholarship and production [of the series]...have never faltered. A wonderful project, excellently carried out. Highest recommendation. - --Roger Johnson, The Sherlock Holmes Society of London
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Klinger does a masterful job of using sources such as the 1883 Encyclopedia Britannica and the 1894 Baedeker's handbook of travel in Britain as well as recent scholarship. For example, in a footnote in the Noble Bachelor describing that there is food enough for four, "Holmes must have deduced that Lord St. Simon would not remain to share the repast; a point which Watson completely missed". Klinger also provided his own insights. The few appendices provide insight into such things as the identity of the snake in the speckled band or unrecorded cased recorded in the five orange pips. Perhaps the only annoying thing in the book is the use of abbreviations of some of the references. The Baring-Gold annotated Sherlock Homes is, still essential, and this is a welcome addition.
If you are new to Sherlock Holmes, this may not be the most economical way to pick up all of Conan Doyle's work. But if you are a long-time Holmes fan, or just want to experience the Holmes stories in a deeper and more informed way, I can think of no better purchase than this. ...