Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Illustrated Novels, by Sir...

Editor's Choice

July 07, 2002|By Michael Pakenham

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Illustrated Novels, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Chancellor / Sterling Press, 496 pages, $12.95) and Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Illustrated Short Stories, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Chancellor / Sterling Press, 991 pages, $12.95)

I have known people -- even one or two who are not pathological anglophobes--who just don't get what A. Conan Doyle is all about. Pity. I am hopelessly an enthusiast. The short stories and one of the novels -- I think it was The Hound of the Baskervilles -- were read to me by my father before I could read them myself. That probably had more influence than anything else with my learning to read before I went to school; I was soon reading Sherlock Holmes stories and didn't stop till I had finished them all. There are numberless printings of the classic detective tales, but this new Chancellor edition is remarkably affordable and complete. Reproductions of old illustrations are enchanting, if not technically perfect. I can think of few better contenders for a summer's worth of entertaining reading.

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