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Books in the series A comprehensive guide to classical music history and classical music biography. This book encompasses celebrated masterpieces from the most renowned authors to have ever lived. This book chronicles more than 100 of the best movies ever made, bringing cinema to life. Discover key artworks and artists from across the globe. The perfect primer to the works of William Shakespeare, packed with witty illustrations and inspirational quotes. Discover how Holmes reaches his conclusions through deductive reasoning and in-depth biographies of key characters.

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DK was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world leading illustrated reference publisher and a member of the Penguin Random House division of Bertelsmann. DK publishes highly visual, photographic non-fiction for adults and children. DK produces content for consumers in over 100 countries and over 60 languages, with offices in the UK, India, US, Germany, China, Canada, Spain and Australia.

DK's aim is to inspire, educate and entertain readers of all ages, and everything DK publishes, whether print or digital, embodies the unique DK design approach. DK brings unrivaled clarity to a wide range of topics, with a unique combination of words and pictures, put together to spectacular effect. We have a reputation for innovation in design for both print and digital products.

Our adult range spans travel, including the award-winning DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, history, science, nature, sport, gardening, cookery and parenting. 

DK’s extensive children’s list showcases a fantastic store of information for children, toddlers and babies. DK covers everything from animals and the human body, to homework help and craft activities, together with an impressive list of licensing titles, including the best-selling LEGO® books.

DK acts as the parent company for Alpha Books, publisher of the Idiot's Guides series.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ DK; Reprint edition (November 12, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1465485740
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1465485748
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.28 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.75 x 0.84 x 9.19 inches
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We believe in the power of discovery. That's why we create books for everyone that explore ideas and nurture curiosity about the world we live in.

From first words to the Big Bang, from the wonders of nature to city adventures, you will find expert knowledge, hours of fun and endless inspiration in the pages of our books.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning, decent reference; some errors and 21st century bias.
By Allie on June 11, 2021
It's pretty thorough but it is also opinionated about the era in which these stories were written (being critical of Doyle while also acknowledging how progressive he was), and contains errors. They label Holmes an asexual, and they refer to Eustace Brackenstall as "Bracknell" in the section "The Legend Returns".

If they could do more thorough editing and remain unbiased in their facts, this would be a decent encyclopedia. The thing is, encyclopedias are supposed to report facts as they are without opinions or theories, something lost on DK in this instance.

The graphic design is impeccable and the charts and photos do a great job of providing backdrops and explanations for anything either cultural puzzling or puzzling to everyone but Holmes himself.

Everything aside, I am happy I bought this. It's a decent companion alongside the Annotated and New Annotated Sherlock Holmes. I recommend getting this in a physical format, as the ebook version seems incapable of rendering the graphic design as beautifully as it is laid out on print. It wasn't made to be an ebook.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Holmes' Enthusiasts.
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