Wednesday, December 29, 2004

For Sherlockian, The Game is a footnote

The New York Times profiles Leslie S. Klinger, an attorney and noted Sherlockian who has edited The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, a 10-pound collection of all 56 Holmes short stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle, complete with Klinger's footnotes:
Few literary figures have been scrutinized as assiduously as Sherlock Holmes and his Boswell, Dr. Watson. Holmes, who made his debut in Conan Doyle's novel "A Study in Scarlet" in 1887, was the perfect detective for a rationalist age, an intuitive and learned investigator who applied techniques from the emerging science of forensics to solve the most intractable crimes. Long before "CSI," there was Holmes. "Sherlock Holmes was very gratifying to a public who thought that the application of science could conquer crime," Mr. Klinger said.
Neil Gaiman, himself a Sherlockian, is quoted in the article:
"I really enjoyed what Klinger did in his annotations," said Neil Gaiman, author of the "Sandman" comic book series, who, it turns out, is a major Sherlockian. "As we move further and further away from the period in which the Holmes stories were set, the country in which they are located becomes increasingly foreign, and Klinger's annotations become a sort of guidebook to the territory, if only to learn what a gasogene is." (It is an apparatus for aerating liquids.)