WATCH: The REAL Sherlock Holmes! Meet the Man Who Inspired Arthur Conan Doyle

Who was the real-life genius who inspired Arthur Conan Doyle's famous creation?

Who was the real-life genius who inspired Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous creation?

From Jeremy Brett‘s mercurial depressive to Benedict Cumberbatch‘s high-functioning sociopath, we’ve seen many different takes on Arthur Conan Doyle‘s brilliant but complicated sleuth. But did you know that Sherlock Holmes was based on a real-life man who had skills as formidable as Conan Doyle’s creation? Our host Siobhan Thompson looks at the professor who provided inspiration for one of literature’s most vividly idiosyncratic heroes in Episode 3 of our new YouTube series. Watch and be dazzled. (Subscribe for more episodes.)

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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