THE NEW ANNOTATED SHERLOCK HOLMES

Arthur Conan Doyle, Author, Leslie S. Klinger, Editor, John Le Carre, Introduction by , edited with a foreword and notes by Leslie S. Klinger. Norton $75 (1700p) ISBN 978-0-393-05916-8

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.

Reviewed on: 09/06/2004
Release date: 11/01/2004
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