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"These beautifully produced volumes, as big as gold-tooled church bibles, packed with cross-references and indexes, suggest Homes and Watson are not only immortal but the subject of a fanatical and crazy religion." Roger Lewis, The Sunday Express, 30 Jan 2005

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Leslie S. Klinger has reassembled Arthur Conan Doyle's 56 short stories in the order in which they appeared in the original book editions. A cause for international celebration as this is the most lavishly illustrated edition of the Holmes tales ever produced. Readers will find a cornucopia of insights: beginners will benefit from Klinger's biographies of Holmes, Watson and Conan Doyle; historians will revel in the wealth of Victorian literary and cultural details; Sherlockian fanatics will puzzle over tantalising new theories; and art lovers will be beguiled by the illustrations. The book is introduced by John le Carre.

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Die liebevoll gestaltete Neuerscheinung einer kommentierten Ausgabe der Kurzgeschichten um den Meisterdetektiv und seinen getreuen Chronisten überzeugt auf ganzer Linie. Die massiv-großformatige Ausgabe in zwei Bänden und Schmuckschuber enthält neben den kompletten Texten der Kurzgeschichten die im Strand-Magazin erschienenen Illustrationen von Sidney Paget u.a. nebst anderen Fotos und Zeichnungen der Zeit. Das eigentliche Schmuckstück sind die neben dem jeweiligen Text abgedruckten Kommentare des Herausgebers - einer anerkannten Kapazität auf dem Gebiet der Holmes-Forschung -,die einerseits Erklärungshinweise bezüglich zeitgeschichtlicher Zusammenhänge liefern, andereseits die komplette Holmes-Forschung in angenehm prägnanter Weise kurz andeuten oder teils zusammenfassend ausführen. Den Geschichten sind des weiteren kurze Erläuterungen vorangestellt, die sich noch zu Erscheinungsterminen und sonstigem Denkwüridigen äußern. Ein würdiger Nachfolger zu Baring-Goulds Standardwerk aus den 60er Jahren. Angekündigt ist bereits der sozusagen dritte Band, der dann die 4 Novellen um den Meisterdetektiv enthalten soll - in gleicher Auststattung. Kann's kaum erwarten!
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This edition is called the "new" annotated Sherlock Holmes because William S. Baring-Gould published an an earlier annotated edition in 1968 that has been regarded as the authoritative one. Now, the annotator, Leslie S. Klinger, a lawyer in Los Angeles and a member of the Baker Street Irregulars, is considered one of the foremost Holmes authorities in the world. Beginning in 1968, the study of the lives of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and John H. Watson, M.D., has been Klinger's consuming passion.

To this very day Sherlock Holmes is ranked as one of the three most recognizable icons of the western world, alongside James Bond and even the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus. Yet aficionados don't have to look too far for Sherlockian scholars prepared to prove the fine point that, among the four, only the great detective was real. Ever since William S. Baring-Gould published the first biography of the detective in 1962, there has been an increasing number of scholars determined to prove that that Holmes was in any way real. Baring-Gould's Annotated Sherlock Holmes remained the bible for this school of thought until another milestone appeared with the 1993 publication of the Oxford Sherlock Holmes, although its editor made himself a bit of a killjoy by insisting that Sherlock Holmes was an entirely fictional character. Ever since Holmes made his debut in Arthur Conan Doyle's novel A Study in Scarlet in 1887, there has grown an abundance of weird theories to explain the bewildering ambiguities of the detective's career. Did he really plunge to his death at the Reichenbach Falls? Where was he educated? Did he know Freud? And just how many wives had Dr Watson?
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Für Sherlockianer eine Fundgrube an Informationen - als Ergänzung bzw. Update zum leider vergriffenen Klassiker "Oxford Sherlock Holmes" vor allem auch wegen der opulenten Illustrationen uind der aktuellen Literaturlisten perfekt geeignet !
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Ideal Holmes 12. November 2004
Von Wuddus - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I cannot exaggerate the excellence of this edition. In almost every way, it's an improvement on its predecessor (the Baring-Gould "Annotated Holmes" of 1968). Like the earlier one, this is a "Sherlockian" edition which discusses the stories as if they were histories of actual persons and events-but it avoids the clubby, cutesy excesses of many Sherlockian publications and provides many useful historical asides and photographs. The annotations entertain and often enlighten.

The production values are stunning: the typography is elegant and clear, and despite the abundance of notes on many pages, the layout is never cluttered. It is big and heavy, but surprisingly you can actually READ this edition, which one cannot say for the Baring-Gould. And the reproductions of hundreds of period illustrations are simply the best I've ever seen in a Holmes edition. Sidney Paget (for example) has often been ill-served by muddy, contrast-less reproductions, but here they are as clean and crisp as the original materials probably permit them to be. Kudos to the photo editor!

My regrets are few. The introduction, though long and well-written, seems a bit skimpy treating the movie and radio adaptations of Holmes: Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett are adequately represented, but the rest of the section (too brief) is a scattershot itemization of a few movies. (I mean, does "Without a Clue" really warrant any mention at all other than as a comic anomaly?) Holmes iconography in general could really have stood a few more pages, since it has been so central to Holmes's continuing popularity.

And one other small regret: weirdly, Frederick Dorr Steele's illustrations grace the box and dust jackets, but he isn't represented nearly enough inside: it's nice to see his fine sequence of pictures for "The Creeping Man," but it's sad that his flawless portrait of Holmes on the cliff (from "The Lion's Mane") isn't here.

But these are cavils. For anyone (not just Sherlock junkies) interested in the Holmes cycle, this is the edition to have: it'll keep you company for a long time to come. I look forward to the concluding volume (with the four novels) next year!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The perfect holiday gift- superb! 12. November 2004
Von Larry - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
There have been many many collections published over the years of the Sherlock Holmes canon. I think it is safe to say that this one surpasses them all. Leslie Klinger is considered one of the foremost Holmes authorities in the world. He not only provides a lucid and thorough introduction to the work but his forward tells the reader what the Victorian world was like at the time the works were published.

The stories themselves are treated with the utmost respect. No Bible thin paper quality here. The pages are thick and the type large and easily read. The text is written in column form with copious notes written for the general reader by Leslie Klinger appearing along side the text vs. footnotes at the bottom of the page. These notes provide in depth explanations of references in the text that may not be familiar to the modern reader. To make this volume an extra special treat are the numerous illustrations that are interspersed directly into the text at the location the illustration refers to. These are the original illustrations by Sidney Paget that appeared in the Strand Magazine or Frederick Dorr Steele in Collier's among many others. Vintage photographs appear throughout lending the tales an added level of realism. Mr. Klinger has also written articles to educate the reader such as the Boer War, the guns of Sherlock Holmes, swamp adders and various other topics pertaining to the stories.

These two volumes represent all the short stories featuring Sherlock Holmes. In one year, the novels will appear in a separate volume. THE ANNOTATED SHERLOCK HOLMES is a superb work and should be the cornerstone of any home mystery library. It is truly a joy to read and marvelous to look at.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen THE Sherlockian "must-have" of this generation 29. November 2004
Von Wally Conger - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
There's no question that William S. Baring-Gould's "Annotated Sherlock Holmes," now 37 years old, has long been the definitive guide to the Great Detective. I still recommend it to baby Sherlcokians. Now, however, Leslie Klinger has produced a NEW Annotated for THIS generation, and it's really quite wonderful. These are the first two volumes (the complete Doyle short stories) of what will be a three-volume masterwork (the third volume will hold the four novels). They come beautifully slipcased. The reproductions of the old illustrations are crisper and sharper than I've ever seen them. The terrific annotations to all 56 stories are not only very well done but are presented in color, making reading very easy. This set belongs on the shelf of every serious Sherlockian.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Definitive Edition of Sherlock Holmes 6. Dezember 2004
Von C. Hutton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This two volume box edition would be a wonderful gift for the reader who loves the stories of Sherlock Holmes. There are many solid collections of these 56 tales by Arthur Conan Doyle, but if the reader is looking for explanations of the background and history of the Victorian age in which the stories are set, this is the edition for you.

This large oversize set is similiar in size to last year's "Far Side" collection of all of Gary Larsen's drawings. With nearly 1,900 pages, the annotations are placed alongside the text for quick reference along with some of the original illustations which accompanied those stories. And frankly, the Amazon price is a steal for an edition of this quality (think of the Library of America publications).

The reader should be aware that the four Sherlock Holmes novels (like "The Hound of the Basketvilles", "A Study In Scarlet", et al) are NOT in this edition --they will be published in a third volume next year. This new edition is more comprehensive than the two volume set of William Baring-Gould (1968) and far less bulky than the nine volume edition from Oxford University Press. The writing is clear and concise by the editor (Leslie Klinger) who has performed considerable research on the world of Sherlock Holmes. This is an edition that the reader will return to again and again on a cold winter's night.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Work of love, but very bad for a first time reader 29. Dezember 2008
Von oldtaku - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If you've already read all the stories, this is a great set of books, and perhaps you might learn something new. If you're a new reader who is actually trying to read the stories as stories, this is a soul-crushing dissection that will suck all the joy out.

First the good - you can feel the love in these books. Large format, heavy, decent enough paper, the definitive Sidney Paget illustrations, extensive annotations, timelines, 'biographies' of Watson and Holmes, a clear obsession with the subject.

The downside is that same obsession. Each page is divided in half, with the inner half being the actual story, the outer half being the annotations. HALF. There is nearly as much annotation as story. Now imagine you're reading along and you see a little superscript '10' next to a word. My natural inclination is to glance at the annotation - the problem is you don't know whether it's crucial or worse than useless. It could tell you useful information such as every mention of the game of whist in the official Holmes Canon or the definition of a word that might not be in much use today, like 'whist'. It could be idle fan speculation such as 'Mister Blah speculates in his Holmesian analysis 'Maids in Deerskin Peril' that this maid was actually the long lost fifth cousin of Prof. Moriarity because she shares the same last name as his fourth cousin!' It could be bafflement that there was apparently no hotel in the town of Foochester where Holmes said there was in the story 'The Bunnies of the Foovilles'. Worst of all it could be pointing out actual factual errors by Holmes, like a barometer reading that Holmes seems to think would indicate fair weather but a meteorologist says means it should be raining already (and of course these are all written off as Watson's errors, which gets very tedious after a while). Or noting that 'Watson refers here to a story that by the chronology could not have taken place already because of x, y, and z'.

The reality is perhaps too easy: Arthur Conan Doyle cared only slightly for Holmesian consistency and didn't spend much time worrying about it. When you get obsessed fans trying to explain or retcon some inconsistency it's bound to be a horrible sight, and these are brought out equally with the genuinely useful annotations. When you glance over you have no way of telling which it will be in advance.

I read the stories as a child and loved them, and am trying to re-read them again, but this obsessive, nitpicking nerdgassing is destroying all my love. Imagine you're reading Wizard of Oz while little text bubbles are popping up describing everything wrong with the story.

Against all my training, I am teaching myself to completely ignore all the annotations (and thus half the page) and perhaps will go back later and re-read the comments.

So again, if you've already read all the books, these are excellent. If not, read a collection that consists of only the stories themselves first.
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