Sherlockian commentary is both a science and an art, demanding on the one hand a prodigious knowledge of a thousand disparate subjects and on the other a degree of wit and humor to ease its presentation. Leslie Klinger’s The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes
- There is no better guide to this seriously playful detective work than Leslie Klinger and The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes.
- Is Sherlock Holmes Alive Today?
- Sherlock Holmes and His World
- Insightful biographies of Holmes, Watson, and Conan Doyle.
- Sherlock Holmes and His World: A Mirror of Victorian England
- Sherlock Holmes and the Law
- New Annotated Dracula
- Les Klinger focuses his critical eye and keen wit on Bram Stoker’s classic novel, Dracula, in THE NEW ANNOTATED DRACULA
Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes.
He is the editor of the three-volume set The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, published by W.W. Norton. The first two volumes, The Complete Short Stories, won the Edgar™, the highest award of the Mystery Writers of America, for “Best Critical/Biographical” work and were short-listed for the Macavity, the Anthony, and the Agatha award. The third volume, The Novels, was nominated for the Edgar™, the Macavity, the Anthony, and the Agatha awards, as well as a “Quill” award in the Mystery/Thriller category.
The study of the lives of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and John H. Watson, M.D., has been his consuming passion. Klinger has written numerous articles on Sherlockiana, as well as the books The Life and Times of Mr. Sherlock Holmes, John H. Watson, M.D., Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Other Notable Personages, and (with Andrew Jay Peck) the revised edition of The Date Being—?: A Compendium of Sherlockian Chronologies. He has taught a number of UCLA Extension courses on “Sherlock Holmes and His World.”
Aimed at the serious student of Sherlock Holmes, the Reference Library includes annotated editions of all nine volumes of Holmes tales as originally published by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Baker Street Journal concluded, “There is no doubt that Klinger’s work…will become the standard text of reference for all serious Sherlockians…” Klinger is currently working on a tenth volume, an annotated collection of the “apocrypha,” stories about Holmes that are not quite part of the official “Canon.”
Klinger writes occasional book reviews for the Los Angeles Times. His current project is The New Annotated Dracula. For the first time, Klinger examines all of the evidence, both internal and external, including contemporary travel books, scientific texts, Victorian encyclopedias, as well as Stoker’s notes for the narrative and the original manuscript itself
He is especially proud to have appeared as a character in Laurie R. King’s The Art of Detection!.
Books by Leslie S. Klinger, A.B., J.D.
- The World of Sherlock Holmes
- The Sherlock Holmes Reference Library
- The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes
- New Annotated Dracula