Poe's three classic tales of mystery and detection
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MATTHEW PEARL
Edgar Allan Poe invented the genre of detective fiction with these three mesmerising stories of a young French eccentric named C. Auguste Dupin: ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Mystery of Marie Rogêt’ and ‘The Purloined Letter’. Years later Dorothy Sayers would describe these tales 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 unique Dupin stories still stand out as utterly engrossing page-turners.
This edition reproduces the definitive text of these stories and an introduction and appendix on ‘The Earliest Detectives’ by the novelist Matthew Pearl.
“Poe's blackly ingenious tale of brutal murder in 19th-century Paris establishes C. Auguste Dupin, a man of 'peculiar analytic ability', as the model for pretty much every intellectual detective to come”
The Ultimate Reading List, Sunday Telegraph
“For their supernatural grotesquerie and graveyard doom,[Poe's stories] foreshadow Stephen King and the "southern gothic" of Truman Capote... his work continues to enthral. His greatest tales radiate a dark humour and mockery that strike an oddly modern note.”
“If genius is an exceptional capacity for imaginative creation, Poe had it in spades. With Dupin in The Murders In The Rue Morgue, he created the first detective story before the word 'detective' existed”
“The modern horror novel owes an enormous debt to Poe, and the novel of psychological horror owes him almost everything”
“Thanks to Poe, we now have a Protector yet more powerful, a figure we can take to our hearts, or into our subconsciousnesses: the Great Detective.”
“If you love thrillers, you have to read these stories.”
Alice Fisher, Observer
“Famed for his macabre tales of Gothic suspense, Poe actually invented the detective fiction genre in 1841 with the creation of his brilliant Partisan investigator Auguste Dupin.”
Val Hennessy, Daily Mail
“The best detective in fiction...Dupin is unrivalled”
Arthur Conan Doyle