Includes The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Rogêt, and The Purloined Letter
Between 1841 and 1844, Edgar Allan Poe invented the genre of detective fiction with three mesmerizing stories of a young French eccentric named C. Auguste Dupin. Introducing to literature the concept of applying reason to solving crime, these tales brought Poe fame and fortune to live on. Years later, Dorothy Sayers would describe “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” as “almost a complete manual of detective theory and practice.” Indeed, Poe’s short mysteries inspired the creation of countless literary sleuths, among them Sherlock Holmes. Today, the Dupin stories still stand out as unique, utterly engrossing page-turners.
This Modern Library edition reproduces the definitive texts of the three tales. It includes an enlightening Introduction by novelist Matthew Pearl and an Appendix, “The Earliest Detectives.”
The stories collected here--"The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt," and "The Purloined Letter," written between 1841 and 1844--secure Edgar Allan Poe's reputation as one of the earliest documented propagators of detective fiction. "The Rue Morgue" introduces Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin, a reclusive analytical genius whose detecting exploits are relayed by an anonymous cohort. This narrative convention would become practically synonymous with detective fiction. Notable for their literary historic import, these stories present more than scholarly material: they are intriguing, scary, stimulating, and imaginative--top-flight Poe stories. This edition comes with an introduction by Matthew Pearl and a glossary of detectives.
- Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Classics, Work + the Workplace, Types of Characters, Nature + Animals, Legal + Courtroom + Crime
- May 23, 2006
- May 23, 2006
- Edgar Allan Poe