The Murders in the Rue Morgue
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It's an impossible crime: two women are brutally murdered in a room locked from the inside, inaccessible by windows and on the fourth floor of a building. Enter brilliant detective C. Auguste Dupin, the only man for the job. Through careful analysis of the crime scene and conversations with witnesses Dupin begins to piece together what happened. And when he solves the crime through a final stroke of genius, we realize just how formidably clever he is. Considered to be the first-ever detective fiction, this story, which Arthur Conan Doyle used as a model for his Sherlock Holmes tales, is completely puzzling and, ultimately, satisfying—just as a great mystery should be.
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Soon after his birth in Boston, Massachusetts, Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849) lost both of his parents. The young Poe went to live with a couple from Virginia, where he went to school and eventually to college. Poe only briefly attended university before dropping out to embark on a short-lived stint in the military. While still quite young, Poe published his first book of poems, Tamerlane, and discovered that in writing, he had found direction for his life. Poe began to produce short stories and non-fiction prose for various publications in New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Over the years, his work enjoyed increasing popularity. In the 1830s, Poe wrote many of his most famous works, including some of the very first examples of detective fiction, a genre that he is credited with inventing. His gothic tales of murder and mystery, among them The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Masque of the Red Death, thrilled readers in America and Europe. Poe’s poetry was also well received in his lifetime, and he published what is perhaps his most famous poem, The Raven, in 1845. Almost as if it was a strange tale of his own making, Poe’s untimely death continues to be the subject of much speculation to this day. In the middle of the night in October of 1849, Poe was found wandering the streets of Baltimore in a delirious and weakened state. Wearing clothes that did not belong to him and calling out to an unidentified person named “Reynolds,” Poe died in a Baltimore hospital a few days later. Poe’s legend lives on today, with readers all over the world delighting in his enigmatic and haunting tales and devoted fans regularly paying their respects at his gravesite in Baltimore.Back to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
What song the Syrens sang, or what name Achilles assumed when he hid himself among women, although puzzling questions, are not beyond all conjecture.
--Sir Thomas Browne.
The mental features discoursed of as the analytical, are, in themselves, but little susceptible of ...
Reviewed by christe on Jun 3, 2010
Anyone with a soft spot for mystery should get acquainted
Anyone who ever liked a mystery tale should read this, considered to be the first-ever piece in that genre. If you've managed to stay away from spoilers to this classic, it should still pack a baffling punch. Of course, explanations may fall on the "unreasonable" camp these days, but in Poe's time imagination counted far more than accuracy.
Reviewed by davidlit on Mar 2, 2010
nice pre-cursor to Holmes...
Reviewed by ms_c21 on Feb 8, 2010
Great short story.
I love anything by Mr. Poe.
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