A Master At Work
Tripwire’s editor-in-chief Joel Meadows reviews The Folio Society’s The Selected Adventures And Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle…
The Selected Adventures And Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Illustrations: Max Loffler
The Folio Society
The Folio Society has a reputation for creating the most beautiful, collectible editions of classic and notable books anywhere in the market today. The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle will only help to cement this reputation.
This handsome slipcase hardcover reprints 10 of Doyle’s most inventive Holmes adventures. Peppered throughout are a selection of illustrator Loffler’s brilliantly contemporary images which manage to feel classical at the same time. They lend the stories they accompany an extra sense of drama.
Of course, you are also reminded just what a brilliant craftsman Doyle was, able to impart acres of characterisation in just a single sentence. The 10 stories here showcase his finest moments including seminal tale The Final Problem, which sees Holmes face off against his greatest foe, Moriarty, but is presented in such a low-key way that confounds the reader’s expectations.
Doyle was one of the greatest detective writers of all time and, even many years after he was first published, his work continues to have real power and impact. This is an exquisite edition reminding us of this fact and Loffler’s illustrations enhance his writing in a subtle and understated fashion. You can’t help but feel that, if he were around today, Doyle would approve.
The Folio Society edition of The Selected Adventures and Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, introduced by Michael Dirda and illustrated by Max Loffler is available exclusively from www.FolioSociety.com