Quick back story. At the end of April I noticed that the majority of the time I read female authors & poets. In fact, my reading was so much female author focused that I had not read one book written by a male author and I had only read 2 poetry collections from the male perspective so far this year. I made it my mission to focus on male authors & poets during the month of May. I cheekily dubbed it Male Author May. Looking over my shelves to find things to read this month was rather difficult because I again was hit with the fact of how many female authors litter my shelves. I still haven’t quite figured out why I have 99% female literature, but I’m leaning towards being female myself.
Anyways, when I received an Amazon gift card this month I thought more about Male Author May and ordered this gorgeous edition of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I’ve never read anything ‘Sherlock Holmes’ but I know he is much beloved.
Classics Reimagined is a library of stunning collector’s editions of classic novels illustrated by contemporary artists from around the world. Each artist offers his or her own unique, visual interpretation of the most well-loved, widely read, and avidly collected literature from renowned authors. From Grimm’s Fair Tales to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and from Edgar Allen Poe to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, art lovers and book collectors alike will not be able to resist owning the whole collection. (Quarto Knows)
Award-winning artist Sophia Martineck takes readers on a journey to 221B Baker St. and the compelling stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, through her luscious imagery. The stories take on a whole new meaning when accompanied by Martineck’s mystical, colorful interpretations.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was a Scottish physician and prolific writer of fiction and nonfiction. He is most well known for his four novels and fifty-six short stories featuring the legendary and eccentric detective Sherlock Holmes. Holmes, was modeled after Doyle’s colleague, physician and surgeon Dr. Joseph Bell, who had been known for his acute powers of deductive observation. In his real life, Doyle worked in the name of justice too. He personally investigated two cases of innocent men who had been wrongfully imprisoned and helped to get them exonerated for their “crimes.”
Sophia Martineck is an illustrator/artist living in Berlin. In 2010 she received the Art Directors Club Young Guns Award (for visionary artists under 30). In 2009 the notable Hans-Meid-Foundation (for German book illustration) awarded her illustrations for R. L. Stevenson’s, The Body Snatcher and Carson McCullers, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter. Sophia has a great storytelling style that draws you into her world. Her style will give Holmes new energy, unlike anything you’ve seen for the master detective.