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The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories

(Sherlock Holmes)

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,216 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Includes: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes / The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Leslie S. Klinger's brilliant new annotations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Holmes short stories

Readers will find all the short stories from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, with a cornucopia of insights: beginners will benefit from Klinger's insightful bi
Hardcover, 776 pages
Published 2004 by W.W. Norton & Company (first published October 2001)
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Julie Davis
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Since I have a stack of very BIG books, which mostly are comprised of short stories, I tend to work on them behind the scenes every so often while I read longer works. This is the latest in my BIG book stack to come to my attention.

I am greatly enjoying working my way slowly through the stories while taking in the copious notation. I will say that I don't care about the notes which speak as if Holmes and Watson are actual living people. Not my sort of mind game. But the other notes are very good
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A must-own for any true Sherlockian! Loved the illustrations and historical tidbits. A different approach from the Baring-Gould annotations, but great overall.
Anthony McGill
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-crime
My dear Watson, I am a little perplexed by this listing. Is it not true that we have the complete works here i.e. both Volume I and Volume II packed into a sturdy slip case that those fine people at W.W. Norton published in 2005.
Total pages: a staggering 1878.
Here Watson, are all the short stories you wrote of my adventures in crime solving (and no doubt a few you made up) for everyone to enjoy again and again. Five big collections of your fine work and if I may so, my ingenious deductions for
William Dury
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Annotated edition containing “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” stories that ran in The Strand magazine between July 1891 and June 1892: “Scandal in Bohemia “ (July 1891), “The Red Headed League” (August 1891), “A Case of Identity” (September 1891), “The Boscombe Valley Mystery” (October 1891), “The Five Orange Pips” (November 1891), “The Man With The Twisted Lip” (December 1891), “The Blue Carbuncle” (January 1892), “The Speckled Band” (February 1892) (reportedly Sir Arthur’s favorite), “The ...more
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2012
I admit I bought The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes because I'm a bit of collector (okay, a lot of a collector) and this is simply a beautiful object to have. This review (of sorts) refers only to the first volume of a multi-volume set. Before purchasing this set I had only read one or two Sherlock Holmes stories. As a lover of mysteries I decided I must read more and finding the stories assembled in such a beautiful package couldn't resist. The set does have its drawbacks. It is humungous, too b ...more
It's the first time for six-ish years since I've read through Conan Doyle's Canon. This annotated edition provided an enjoyable revisit, complete w/ original illustrations (both Paget's and others) and interesting notes about all sorts of Victorian minutiae from dress, habits, drugs, and train schedules to conflicting interpretations of the different stories.
Mar 01, 2010 rated it liked it
I've always wanted to read Sherlock Holmes. This was not the version for me. I finshed the first story and returned it to the library. It is for the fanatic - every pages has lots and lots of notes framing every other reference, it seems. It weight about 10 pounds. I will try again sometime with a "normal" version.
Greg Kerestan
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Plenty of research projects can be slogs, but the first volume of annotated Sherlock Holmes stories (containing biographical sketches and then the complete annotated contents of the "Adventures" and "Memoirs") is brilliant and a gripping read. The stories themselves are as good as anyone remembers, of course, but the annotations bring it to another level. Some are historical context, some are tidbits and trivia, and more than a few are tongue-in-cheek, sometimes almost sarcastic, literary hypoth ...more
Chris Eirschele
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read "The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1: The Short Stories" for research, as a writer. There are eight stories in this volume. The book is large, not easy to handle, but worth the effort if you are interested in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and some of his work. The book contains many sidebars - in descriptions, pictures and annotations.

There are two more volumes in this series.

If you like Sherlock Holmes mysteries, crime writing, or want to know more about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Kieran McAndrew
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes': This fine collection of stories is supplemented by some of the most extensive editorial notes and some excellent essays.
Sarah Stevens
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have always wanted to read Sherlock Holmes. There are enough current references to the stories both direct (Robert Downey movies, BBC series, TV's Elementary) and indirect (TV's Psych and Monk) that I really wanted to get a good understanding and taste for the original. Long ago I tried to start at the beginning with a Study in Scarlet, but I just couldn't get through that one. So recently I decided to try again with the short stories and picked this title mainly because it was available at my ...more
Ea Solinas
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Everybody knows him -- the pipe-smoking detective on Baker Street (with or without the movie-added deerstalker), who is able to deduce all sorts of things just by glancing at a person.

And if you want to get to know him, a good place to start is "The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes & the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes." These two collections of short stories mingle human psychology with sometimes-bizarre mysteries -- and although the annotation is pretty
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Annotated Edition from Norton is exquisite!
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, mystery, 2014-july
July 14 - finished The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. This is a review of just the Adventures, and I'll add in the Memoirs and the New Annotated as a whole later on.

The Adventures: A really fascinating study of Sherlock Holmes. As I've said in my review of Study of Scarlet, it really helps to read this and appreciate it, not try to follow along with the mystery. I liked all of the odd cases that Sherlock has taken on and the different views of him and Watson as the cases go on. Holmes is definit
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
The main thing that bothered me was that these volumes are based on the conceit that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are REAL people, and there are explanations and theories about everything from why stories told by Watson were published under Conan Doyle's name to where Holmes REALLY went during his "hiatus" (the period of time between his supposed death at Reichenbach Falls to his return.)

Also, I skipped many of the annotations, as they went very in depth about places (buildings, streets, coun
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I am reading the entire Sherlock Holmes canon in order, and it is good that I persevered through "A Study in Scarlet," "The Sign of Four," and "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" to reach "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes." That book comprises the latter half of this volume and is where Conan Doyle finally hits his stride.

I still don't care for this annotated version, though. The footnotes half the time contain spoilers for the very story you are reading and the other half contain endless theorizi
Micah Lasher
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
At long last, I have finished Volume I of the New Annotated Sherlock Holmes. The introductory and supplementary material is excellent, as are the annotations, by and large. I must admit, however, that I began to mostly ignore the annotations about a third of the way in, reading the stories without interruption or distraction.

I was struck by how well Conan Doyle's Holmes and Watson hold up: the stories are accessible, clever -- even modern. The language is unadorned and straightforward, yet Wats
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There is not much to review on the stories of literature's greatest detective. Sherlock Holmes is engaging, quirky, and a master of detail. Watson is a faithful storyteller who never quite seems to be on the same page as Holmes, and is okay with that.

This is my first time reading a collection of the stories (I've read a few individual ones here and there), and I thought the annotated version would be really helpful and interesting. Some notes were valuable to the modern reader on vocabulary and
I thought this was a wonderful introduction to Sherlock Holmes. A lot of notes about the era, the area, and the slang used. However, if you don't like the idea of pretending the characters are real, some of the notes will drive you crazy, as the author announces in the introduction that they will treat them as such, and references interesting or outlandish theories about different events. I rather enjoyed it as my first Sherlock Holmes book, but recognize that many people can't stand the "light ...more
While I'm not a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, I have seen several film adaptations of the stories and figured it was time I actually read them. I enjoyed the stories and the notes were interesting. At first I was puzzled by some of the notes when Holmes and Watson were referred to as if they were real people; after I went back and read the introduction it made more sense. Leslie Klinger is a fan of Sherlockian scholarship which views the stories as if everyone involved were real people. I like the i ...more
Riju Ganguly
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As far as the stories are concerned, there is no need for any comment. Regarding the annotations, my opinion is that they are the most comprehensive that can be physically compiled. If only Mr. Klinger could refrain from 'The Game', and produce his stupendous work without any whimsical pretensions of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson being living persons (Sir Arthur merely acting as Watson's literary agent) [more in the line of the collection brought out by the Gasogene books], I could have breathe ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This may not be the best introduction to the canon for some people however my first exposure was through an older annotated set and my love for the stories is still going strong decades later. The footnotes for this edition are wonderfully comprehensive. The author plays the great game of treating Arthur Conan Doyle as a literary agent for the true author Dr. John Watson which is wonderfully enjoyable but may not be for people overly concerned with authorial intent. In short this was an excellen ...more
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So fun to read. I loved that the collections of short stories that were easy to pick up and put down if need be. I loved the mysteries but more I loved Conan Doyle's subtle humor. The annotations for the most part were interesting and helpful. Some were more than a bit of a stretch in speculation but still added an interesting outside layer.
Jonathan Saldana
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Saldana
Arthur Conan Doyle, 776 pages, 2004, mystery. This book is a collection of the Sherlock Holmes short stories.
I gave this book a 5 rating because along with the original stories, it comes with annotations on key points of the stories from many scholars.
This was a very enjoyable book to read and though it was quite long, it very fun to read.
Robb Nesvick
Mar 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Fantastic font of factoids. Though the annotations premise of pretending Holmes was real was obnoxious at times. There was no consistency when using the established canon as solid fact, or merely a guideline for what "could have happened".
Still, Conan Doyle remains untouched, and many of the annotations were informative and fun!
Priyank Garg
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Well, this was the first time i read Sherlock Holmes plus in a new format(i.e not treating it as a fiction) and I found it interesting to read. Some people don't recommend it to first time readers and I am pretty convinced about it but i always prefer new adventures so I gave it a try.At first the stories looked dull but as I progressed I truly became a fan.
Annie Wilbury
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When my parents gave me this for Christmas I promised myself that I'd take it slow because I wanted to make the most of it. The anotations are gold for a History fanatic like myself so it was a real pleasure to understand the real context under which these stories were created, so it's a must read for every Holmes and history fanatic. A truly brilliant book.
Travis Darling
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Like Baring-Gould's classic before it, Klinger's "The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes" is the crème de la crème of Sherlockian research. The three volumes of this work represent the pinnacle of modern knowledge about the famous Victorian detective. No serious fan of Sherlock Holmes should be without this set.
I will re-approach Sherlock Holmes in a more compact format- I think there are more footnotes than stories in this volume! It is a beautiful book, with lots and lots of interesting background info & insight into the stories, but it's not exactly the kind of book you curl up in bed with(or if you do, it gives you a neck-ache)!
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favourites
What an amazingly thorough edition!I enjoyed every page of it, the annotations adding a deeper understanding of the context and the extent of the stories.
And, of course, it is impossible not to love Sherlock Holmes!
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

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