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C. Auguste Dupin

A nineteenth century wood engraving depicting Poe's detective character, C. Auguste Dupin, hero of three short tales, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Mystery of Marie Roget," and "The Purloined Letter." (Read about a new special edition of these stories.) Pictured with Dupin is his unnamed assistant and the prefect of police. Dupin sometimes wears green glasses, as a disguise or to sleep through the prefect's long explanations of cases. The character of Dupin sparked the imagination of many readers, including Arthur Conan Doyle.