The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes (Vol. 3)

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Published by: W. W. Norton & Co.
Release Date: November 17, 2005
Pages: 992
ISBN13: 978-0393058000

The Novels


The four classic novels of Sherlock Holmes, heavily illustrated and annotated with extensive scholarly commentary, in an attractive and elegant slipcase.

The publication of Leslie S. Klinger's brilliant new annotations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's four classic Holmes novels in 2005 created a Holmes sensation. Klinger reassembles Doyle's four seminal novels in their original order, with over 1,000 notes, 350 illustrations and period photographs, and tantalizing new Sherlockian theories. Inside, readers will find:

  • A Study in Scarlet (1887)―a tale of murder and revenge that tells of Holmes and Dr. Watson's first meeting;
  • The Sign of Four (1889)―a chilling tale of lost treasure...and of how Watson met his wife;
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901)―hailed as the greatest mystery novel of all time; and
  • The Valley of Fear (1914)―a fresh murder scene that leads Holmes to solve a long-forgotten mystery.

Whether as a stand-alone volume or as a companion to the short stories, this classic work illuminates the timeless genius of Conan Doyle for an entirely new generation.

Two-color text; 300 illustrations


“A beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable edition...will appeal to first time readers and seasoned veterans.”
Daniel Stashower, Washington Post Book World

“A vast work of entertaining ingenuity and erudition.”
Boston Globe

“Even the sleuth of Baker Street would be awed by the ingenious deductions and dazzling speculations of modern Sherlockian scholarship.”
Michael Dirda

“Hailed as the definitive exegesis of Holmes and his times.”
Mark Weingarten, The New York Times

“A feast for any fans of the greatest detective who ever stalked the earth.”
Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air

“Eminent attorney and Sherlockian Klinger completes the daunting mission he began with 2004's two volumes examining the original 56 short stories to feature the great detective with this robust third book containing the four Holmes novels. All the gifts that netted Klinger an Edgar Award for best critical/biographical work are again in evidence: clear definitions of obscure terms, pithy discussions of some of the issues that have puzzled and delighted Holmes fans for generations (where exactly was Watson wounded?) and lucid essays (which legend inspired The Hound of the Baskervilles?). Klinger manages the difficult feat of appealing both to those new to the world of Sherlockian scholarship and to those who can quote the stories like gospel. Ample use of illustrations, some from the novels' original appearances, adds to the enjoyment. A must-have for any serious mystery fan, this edition will stand as the benchmark for generations to come.”
Publishers Weekly


TABLE OF MAJOR EVENTS: Life and Times of Mr. Sherlock Holmes, John H. Watson, M.D., Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Other Notable Personages

Vols. 1 & 2