5170Re: SHSI Contemporaries of Sherlock Holmes- Martin Hewitt
- 26 Apr
On Wed, Apr 26 2017, sumalsn wrote:
> However I wonder why despite being reviewed well, the works of other
> contemporaries of Sherlock Holmes just fell within the cracks but SH
> still stands shining bright. Is it due to the first mover advantage?
I honestly don't know. It's something I've given a considerable amount
of thought to. I don't think it's because of any inherent trait of
Holmes himself, the character or anything like that. There were several
detectives before him with their own idiosyncrasies and several after.
I used to think that it was because of the language. Doyle was a much
better writer than, say, Freeman but it's not so great as to completely
eclipse all the others.
I still don't have an answer but these days I gravitate to the idea that
it was a series of lucky coincidences and accidents that put the
detective on the pedestal and his creators name in the history
books. Who knows?
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