Sherlockian.Net: Irene Adler
She is always The Woman
To Sherlock Holmes she was always The Woman. Some readers see more than
meets the eye in Irene Adler of
in Bohemia", the first of the
Holmes short stories. A native of New Jersey, she could captivate
King of Bohemia, so why not a detective?
View from the
Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes
Roleplaying, Castle Falkenstein
La Scala in Milan, where
she sang (contralto)
Novels about Irene Adler
by Carole Nelson Douglas
Clips of Lara Pulver as
Irene Adler, 2012
Adventuress", by ACD's friend Jerome K. Jerome
The Women: a talk by Lyndsay Faye (video)
Adler) in Marvel Comics
The Women: Sex and Success in the Canon, Warner Bros, and BBC Sherlock, by Lyndsay Faye
How to Butcher a Brilliant
Why Can't Any Recent
Adaptation Get Her Right?
Possible originals of Irene Adler
Nordica (Lillian Norton)
. . . and
Adah Menken (but
this site seems to have “borrowed” my photo of Irene without
As portrayed with a few recent Holmeses . . .
Matt Frewer as Sherlock Holmes and Liliana Komorowska as Irene Adler
in "The Royal Scandal", Hallmark Channel, 2001;
Jeremy Brett as Holmes and Gayle Hunnicutt as Adler, Granada Television, 1984;
Robert Downey, Jr., as Holmes and Rachel McAdams as Adler, 2009;
Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Lara Pulver as Adler,
Did they have an affair?
There's a Sherlockian tradition that Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler met
again (don’t know where, don't know when: maybe
Montenegro, 1892) and
enjoyed a dalliance. They may even have produced a son, who became
Wolfe, Rex Stout's great New York detective. Imaginative writings
have resulted from this hypothesis, but that's all they are: imaginative.
Another popular tradition is that Irene Adler was in reality the "Aunt
Clara" who figures in the 1920s song
Never Mention Aunt Clara", as sung to the Baker Street Irregulars by
Jim Montgomery. It's rather fun to think so.
The White Ghost Shivers perform the song in April 2012.
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