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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407021102
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

The Murders in the Rue Morgue




Poe's three classic tales of mystery and detection

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MATTHEW PEARL

Edgar Allan Poe invented detective fiction with these three mesmerising stories of a young eccentric named C. Auguste Dupin: 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', 'The Mystery of Marie Rogêt' and 'The Purloined Letter'. Dorothy L. Sayers would later 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 includes the definitive text of these stories and an introduction and appendix on 'The Earliest Detectives' by Matthew Pearl.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407021102
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

About the author

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, USA, in 1809. Poe, short story writer, editor and critic, he is best known for his macabre tales and as the progenitor of the detective story. He died in 1849, in mysterious circumstances, at the age of forty.

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Praise for The Murders in the Rue Morgue

The best detective in fiction...Dupin is unrivalled

Arthur Conan Doyle

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.

Sunday Times

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

Daily Mail

The modern horror novel owes an enormous debt to Poe, and the novel of psychological horror owes him almost everything

Spectator

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.

The Times

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

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