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The new annotated Sherlock Holmes
Doyle, Arthur Conan, 1859-1930.
First edition.
Physical Description:
3 volumes : illustrations ; 26 cm
v. 1. The adventures of Sherlock Holmes; The memoirs of Sherlock Holmes -- v. 2. The return of Sherlock Holmes; His last bow; The case-book of Sherlock Holmes -- [v. 3.] The novels: A study in Scarlet. The sign of four. The hound of the Baskervilles. The valley of fear.


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PR4621 .K55 2005 V. 1 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
PR4621 .K55 2005 V. 2 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
PR4621 .K55 2005 V. 3 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This monumental edition promises to be the most important new contribution to Sherlock Holmes literature since William Baring-Gould's 1967 classic work. In this boxed set, Leslie Klinger, a leading world authority, reassembles Arthur Conan Doyle's 56 classic short stories in the order in which they appeared in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century book editions. Inside, readers will find a cornucopia of insights: beginners will benefit from Klinger's insightful biographies of Holmes, Watson, and Conan Doyle; history lovers will revel in the wealth of Victorian literary and cultural details; Sherlockian fanatics will puzzle over tantalizing new theories; art lovers will thrill to the 800-plus illustrations, which make this the most lavishly illustrated edition of the Holmes tales ever produced. The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes illuminates the timeless genius of Arthur Conan Doyle for an entirely new generation of readers.

Author Notes

The most famous fictional detective in the world is Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. However, Doyle was, at best, ambivalent about his immensely successful literary creation and, at worst, resentful that his more "serious" fiction was relatively ignored. Born in Edinburgh, Doyle studied medicine from 1876 to 1881 and received his M.D. in 1885. He worked as a military physician in South Africa during the Boer War and was knighted in 1902 for his exceptional service. Doyle was drawn to writing at an early age. Although he attempted to enter private practice in Southsea, Portsmouth, in 1882, he soon turned to writing in his spare time; it eventually became his profession. As a Liberal Unionist, Doyle ran, unsuccessfully, for Parliament in 1903. During his later years, Doyle became an avowed spiritualist.

Doyle sold his first story, "The Mystery of the Sasassa Valley," to Chambers' Journal in 1879. When Doyle published the novel, A Study in Scarlet in 1887, Sherlock Holmes was introduced to an avid public. Doyle is reputed to have used one of his medical professors, Dr. Joseph Bell, as a model for Holmes's character. Eventually, Doyle wrote three additional Holmes novels and five collections of Holmes short stories. A brilliant, though somewhat eccentric, detective, Holmes employs scientific methods of observation and deduction to solve the mysteries that he investigates. Although an "amateur" private detective, he is frequently called upon by Scotland Yard for assistance. Holmes's assistant, the faithful Dr. Watson, provides a striking contrast to Holmes's brilliant intellect and, in Doyle's day at least, serves as a character with whom the reader can readily identify. Having tired of Holmes's popularity, Doyle even tried to kill the great detective in "The Final Problem" but was forced by an outraged public to resurrect him in 1903. Although Holmes remained Doyle's most popular literary creation, Doyle wrote prolifically in other genres, including historical adventure, science fiction, and supernatural fiction. Despite Doyle's sometimes careless writing, he was a superb storyteller. His great skill as a popular author lay in his technique of involving readers in his highly entertaining adventures.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Sherlockians and more casual Holmes fans alike will delight in this comprehensive edition of the 56 original short adventures featuring the world's first private consulting detective. Modeling his efforts on William S. Baring-Gould's 1968 Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Klinger (The Sherlock Holmes Reference Library) packs as many extras into these two volumes as a special director's cut DVD: detailed essays on subjects as diverse as the Boer War and the history of rugby, illuminating citations to early drafts of Doyle's original manuscripts,and full discussions of the numerous theories developed over more than a century concerning ambiguities, contradictions and unresolved issues in the stories. Those new to such scholarship will be fascinated by the sophisticated multidisciplined approach, much of it based on close readings and historical research similar to Bible study. The synthesis of the commentaries will engage veteran Sherlockians, who will be able to compare hypotheses concerning, for example, the true identity of the king of Bohemia or Holmes's actual whereabouts during the Great Hiatus. First-time readers might want to skip Klinger's brief intros to each tale, as they presume familiarity with the plot and often hint strongly at the solutions. Many will prefer this to the Oxford University Press uniform edition of a decade ago. Agent, Donald Maass. (Nov. 30) FYI: The four novels will be treated in a third volume, due in 2005. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

From Holmes expert Leslie S. Klinger: biographies, historical context, 800 illustrations, and more. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Dr. Joseph Bell
Prefacep. xiii
A Study in Scarletp. 3
Part I (Being a reprint from the reminiscences of John H. Watson, m.d., late of the Army Medical Department)
I Mr. Sherlock Holmesp. 7
II The Science of Deductionp. 28
III The Lauriston Garden Mysteryp. 47
IV What John Rance Had to Tellp. 65
V Our Advertisement Brings a Visitorp. 79
VI Tobias Gregson Shows What He Can Dop. 92
VII Light in the Darknessp. 110
Part II The Country of the Saints
I On the Great Alkali Plainp. 123
II The Flower of Utahp. 138
III John Ferrier Talks with the Prophetp. 148
IV A Flight for Lifep. 155
V The Avenging Angelsp. 168
VI A Continuation of the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, m.d.p. 180
VII The Conclusionp. 196
Appendix "Mr. Sherlock Holmes,"p. 203
The Sign of Fourp. 209
I The Science of Deductionp. 213
II The Statement of the Casep. 226
III In Quest of a Solutionp. 237
IV The Story of the Bald-Headed Manp. 246
V The Tragedy of Pondicherry Lodgep. 260
VI Sherlock Holmes Gives a Demonstrationp. 272
VII The Episode of the Barrelp. 283
VIII The Baker Street Irregularsp. 296
IX A Break in the Chainp. 310
X The End of the Islanderp. 324
XI The Great Agra Treasurep. 337
XII The Strange Story of Jonathan Smallp. 345
Appendix The Dating of The Sign of Fourp. 380
The Hound of the Baskervillesp. 383
I Mr. Sherlock Holmesp. 387
II The Curse of the Baskervillesp. 398
III The Problemp. 415
IV Sir Henry Baskervillep. 430
V Three Broken Threadsp. 447
VI Baskerville Hallp. 460
VII The Stapletons of Merripit Housep. 472
VIII First Report of Dr. Watsonp. 489
IX Second Report of Dr. Watsonp. 498
X Extract from the Diary of Dr. Watsonp. 521
XI The Man on the Torp. 533
XII Death on the Moorp. 550
XIII Fixing the Netsp. 568
XIV The Hound of the Baskervillesp. 581
XV A Retrospectionp. 601
Appendix 1 The Butterfly and the Orchidp. 615
Appendix 2 The Source of The Hound of the Baskervillesp. 618
Appendix 3 Was Richard Cabell "Hugo Baskerville"?p. 620
Appendix 4 The Search for Baskerville Hallp. 622
Appendix 5 The Dating of The Hound of the Baskervillesp. 626
The Valley of Fearp. 629
Part I The Tragedy of Birlstone
I The Warningp. 633
II Sherlock Holmes Discoursesp. 647
III The Tragedy of Birlstonep. 658
IV Darknessp. 670
V The People of the Dramap. 683
VI A Dawning Lightp. 698
VII The Solutionp. 714
Part II The Scowrers
I The Manp. 731
II The Bodymasterp. 743
III Lodge 341, Vermissap. 764
IV The Valley of Fearp. 783
V The Darkest Hourp. 794
VI Dangerp. 809
VII The Trapping of Birdy Edwardsp. 819
Epiloguep. 832
Appendix 1 "Who, Then, Is Porlock?"p. 837
Appendix 2 People, Places, and Incidents in The Valley of Fear with Their Pennsylvania Counterpartsp. 841
Appendix 3 The Dating of The Valley of Fearp. 843
Chronological Table: The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmesp. 845
Selected Sourcesp. 873
Generalp. 873
A Study in Scarletp. 876
The Sign of Fourp. 887
The Hound of the Baskervillesp. 893
The Valley of Fearp. 898
Notes for Scholarsp. 903
Acknowledgementsp. 905