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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 kindle_edition edition.
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Publication date: November 18, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
This second collection of Sherlock Holmes stories was published in 1893 but the publication date is sometimes listed as 1894. The 12 stories in this collection appear in the same order as they were published in The Strand Magazine except that the first British edition did not include "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box", though it was in the first U.S. edition. Later U.S. editions also omitted the story. Apparently Conan Doyle requested the omission. I haven't found a conclusive reason for this but it may have been because the plot contains adultery which Conan Doyle may have felt to be unsuitable for children. Which, of course, begs the question of why he wrote and published it that way in the first place. This Atria edition of "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" contains the following :
Letter from the Editor
Letter from the Author
Adventure I. Silver Blaze
Adventure II. The Yellow Face
Adventure III. The Stock-Broker’s Clerk
Adventure IV. The “Gloria Scott”
Adventure V. The Musgrave Ritual
Adventure VI. The Reigate Puzzle
Adventure VII. The Crooked Man
Adventure VIII. The Resident Patient
Adventure IX. The Greek Interpreter
Adventure X. The Naval Treaty
Adventure XI. The Final Problem
Map of Chaos Excerpt
About Atria Books
Introductory material by Judith Curr
Introductory material by Felix Palma
Doyle intended this to be the last collection of Holmes stories as he was already planning Holmes' demise and exit from literature. He was persuaded to write what would have been the penultimate Holmes adventure, The "Hound of the Baskervilles", before killing off Holmes in 'The Final Problem." As we now know, like the reported death of Mark Twain, the story of Holmes' death was greatly exaggerated and Holmes returned in triumph never to leave us again as the world wide popularity of Sherlock Holmes appears likely to live on into the distant future.
Note that Amazon has combined reviews of different editions of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Also the Amazon listing of this Atria Books edition contains reviews which obviously pertain to other editions such as BBC and an edition annotated by Les Klinger.
Be aware, though, that this is far from the complete Holmes stories. My recommendation for someone wanting a complete collection is to pick up this Kindle e-book: Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection. It's selling for a modest 99 cents at the present time here on Amazon, and it has essentially everything (see my review for the details: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1XW9M0NM1AQSK/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00DCD53C2).
For reference, the following is a complete listing of the Holmes works, from the website sherlockian dot net.
Sherlock Holmes appeared in a total of 60 stories, written by Arthur Conan Doyle and published between 1887 and 1927. The four novels and five volumes of short stories now often appear as The Complete Sherlock Holmes.
1) A Study in Scarlet (novel, 1887)
2) The Sign of the Four (novel, 1890)
3) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
...a) A Scandal in Bohemia, 1891
...b) The Red-headed League, 1891
...c) A Case of Identity, 1891
...d) The Boscombe Valley Mystery, 1891
...e) The Five Orange Pips, 1891
...f) The Man with the Twisted Lip, 1891
...g) The Blue Carbuncle, 1892
...h) The Speckled Band, 1892
...i) The Engineer's Thumb, 1892
...j) The Noble Bachelor, 1892
...k) The Beryl Coronet, 1892
...l) The Copper Beeches, 1892
4) The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
...a) Silver Blaze, 1892
...b) The Yellow Face, 1893
...c) The Stock-broker's Clerk, 1893
...d) The 'Gloria Scott', 1893
...e) The Musgrave Ritual, 1893
...f) The Reigate Squires, 1893
...g) The Crooked Man, 1893
...h) The Resident Patient, 1893
...i) The Greek Interpreter, 1893
...j) The Naval Treaty, 1893
...k) The Final Problem, 1893
5) The Hound of the Baskervilles (novel, 1901-02)
6) The Return of Sherlock Holmes
...a) The Empty House, 1903
...b) The Norwood Builder, 1903
...c) The Dancing Men, 1903
...d) The Solitary Cyclist, 1903
...e) The Priory School, 1904
...f) Black Peter, 1904
...g) Charles Augustus Milverton, 1904
...h) The Six Napoleons, 1904
...i) The Three Students, 1904
...j) The Golden Pince-Nez, 1904
...k) The Missing Three-Quarter, 1904
...l) The Abbey Grange, 1904
...m) The Second Stain, 1904
7) The Valley of Fear (novel, 1914-15)
8) His Last Bow
...a) Wisteria Lodge, 1908
...b) The Cardboard Box, 1893
...c) The Red Circle, 1911
...d) The Bruce-Partington Plans, 1908
...e) The Dying Detective, 1913
...f)) Lady Frances Carfax, 1911
...g) The Devil's Foot, 1910
...h) His Last Bow, 1917
9) The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
...a) The Illustrious Client, 1924
...b) The Blanched Soldier, 1926
...c) The Mazarin Stone, 1921
...d) The Three Gables, 1926
...e) The Sussex Vampire, 1924
...f) The Three Garridebs, 1924
...g) Thor Bridge, 1922
...h) The Creeping Man, 1923
...i) The Lion's Mane, 1926
...j) The Veiled Lodger, 1927
...k) Shoscombe Old Place, 1927
...l) The Retired Colourman, 1926
In addition, the complete "Canon" generally includes two prefaces by Arthur Conan Doyle (to His Last Bow, and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes)
This book gathers 11 short stories, including The Musgrave Ritual, one of my favorite adventures. An intriguing story about old ritual which leads us to one death and discovery of the ancient crown of kings of England. I like the way Doyle puts part of the history in every of his story.
But most of all, I like the atmosphere the author is able to build around his plot and his characters, the reason why Sherlock Holmes's adventures will always be my favorite read.
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More often than not it takes a fair degree of 'channel hopping' to find anything to listen to that holds my attention. I do have a large collection of music CDs to choose from, but decided that 'talking books' were my preferred choice of companion.
I've always liked 'Holmes'....have all the stories in hardback form on our bookshelves, so decided to purchase this and it's sister set !
I cannot, fully, stress just how good these collections are....Clive Merrison deserves endless praise for his portrayal of the great 'sleuth'.
His delivery of the nuances of Holmes are perfect, managing to portray the impatience, arrogance and humour of Conan Doyle's hero exactly as intended!
Michael Williams too, provides a superb contribution as 'John H Watson' .... A calm and measured narrator steering us through each tale! Add to that a near plethora of stars filling the minor roles in the stories, and you have an excellent collection of stories at a reasonable price!
Published monthly in the Strand Magazine in 1892/3 and collected together as a book in 1894, the memoirs of Sherlock Holmes include some of the best of his short stories. Silver Blaze, Crooked Man, Musgrave Ritual and, of course, The Final problem, have gone down in literary history as thrilling tales of adventure and deductive reasoning. The tales cover a broad range, from Holmes' recounting of adventures in 1880 and 1881 (prior to his meeting Watson) to his faithful Boswell, through to the Final problem set in 1891. So in this collection we get Holmes' first cast, and what Doyle thought would be his last.
Doyle gives us a series of mysteries that give their thrills either through astonishing displays of deductive reasoning (Silver Blaze, Musgrave Ritual), from action and adventure (The Final Problem, The Gloria Scott), mixtures of the two (Reigate Squires) and occasionally from a good old fashioned slice of Gothic Horror (Musgrave Ritual again). Problems are not always satisfactorily resolved (The Resident Patient, The Yellow Face), but the telling of the tale is always thrilling.
This set follows the tradition of not including the contemporary story `The Cardboard Box', so there are only eleven stories here. Nonetheless it is a five star collection of tales, and consists of:
"The Adventure of the Yellow Face"
"The Adventure of the Stockbroker's Clerk"
"The Adventure of the Gloria Scott"
"The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual"
"The Adventure of the Reigate Squire"
"The Adventure of the Crooked Man"
"The Adventure of the Resident Patient"
"The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter"
"The Adventure of the Naval Treaty"
"The Final Problem"
Derek Jacobi's full text reading, on 8 discs, is a real pleasure. It is the next best thing to reading the actual book. Jacobi provides a great narrating voice, slipping into the role of Watson relating events perfectly. You almost feel as though you are sat next to Watson in his club as he reminisces on his adventures with his friend Holmes. And as he recounts the events leading up to Holmes' death at Reichenbach Jacobi really conveys the sorrow that Watson feels for the loss of his friend. It's masterful. I enjoyed listening to this immensely, and look forward to getting more in the series. 5 stars.
The stories long or short are timeless i really could not put the e-book down! Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is clearly a fantastic writer presenting you with a seemingly impossible situation he then explains it simply and easily, elementary my dear Watson, actually in all of the books i have read he never said that phrase even once.One thing that i did come across was the fact that some of the stories were repeated in other volumes such as The Complete Illustrated Novels and 37 Short Stories of Sherlock Holmes.
Nevertheless very enjoyable.
This collection of short stories is up to the usual standard of the early Holmes stories but also has a lot of firsts - first case, first appearance of brother Mycroft and first (and last) appearance of arch nemesis Moriarty. It's a very good volume out of a very good set.
Each episode sticks loyally to the original case and the dramatization breathes life and nuance into the events, making this BBC Radio 4 series an essential acquisition for every dedicated Sherlockian.
A good range of tales, some more familiar than others, and a decent introduction to the author if you've not read any of his works before