Episode 106: The Ebb and Flow of Sherlock Holmes

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Summary: "now bright, now faint, as the burning poison waxed or waned" [TWIS] After nearly 130 years in print, it seems like the phenomenon of Sherlock Holmes may have peaked. And yet, it's likely that every generation may have thought that - including the one in which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was still writing the original stories. We've often said that every generation has its Sherlock Holmes, and when we move beyond the printed page, it's quite true. From William Gillette to Eille Norwood, Arthur Wontner to Basil Rathbone, Ronald Howard to Douglas Wilmer and Peter Cushing, not to mention Robert Stephenson, Nicol Williamson, Jeremy Brett, Robert Downey, Jr., Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch. These are just a handful of names from two forms of media. Sherlock Holmes fades but manages to come back, with no sign of abatement. Each time, the fandom receives a shot in the arm and there's a high-water mark left when the tide recedes. Then, it happens again, perhaps increasing slightly. But the interest in the character remains. In this episode, we look at the cultural phenomena behind Sherlock Holmes and the impact that the character and his portrayers have had on us. We can't forget the news, the Editor's Gas-Lamp (from Autumn 2000, Vol. 50, No. 3 of the Baker Street Journal), and more. Please consider becoming a regular supporter of us on Patreon. Won't you be part of this ongoing success story? SponsorsThis episode includes our two longtime sponsors. Please support them by visiting their sites and making a purchase or telling them that you heard them on our show: Wessex PressThe Baker Street Journal  Would you care to become a sponsor? You can find more information here. Download [Save As] | File size 27.8 MB, 59:02 LinksThe Google Books Ngram ViewerGene Wilder's deathWithout Sherlock Holmes, there's no ComiConNew game: Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty's WebWill Ferrell and John C. Reilly to star in Holmes & WatsonChris Redmond's About Sixty is now on sale Many more links, articles and images are available in our Flipboard magazine at ihose.co/flipsherlock, as well as on the The Sherlock Holmes Community on Google+ (with over 3,900 members), as well as through our accounts on  Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter  and Tumblr. Please subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud, Stitcher or Spreaker and be kind enough to leave a rating or review for the show. And please tell a friend about us, in any fashion you feel comfortable. Your thoughts on the show? Leave a comment below, send us an email (comment AT ihearofsherlock DOT com), call us at (774) 221-READ (7323). --