and with an Introduction by Matthew
Poe's complete detective trilogy,
"The Murders in the Rue Morgue,"
"The Mystery of Marie Rogêt," and
"The Purloined Letter"
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 his widest audience. Years
later, Dorothy Sayers would describe
"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" as
"almost a complete manual of detective
theory and practice." These short
mysteries by Poe inspired the creation
of countless literary sleuths, among
them Sherlock Holmes. Today, the
unique Dupin stories still stand out
as utterly engrossing page-turners.
edition, published by Modern
Library in North America and
Vintage in the UK, reproduces
definitive texts of the three
tales, including all changes Poe
made in his lifetime. It includes
an enlightening Introduction by
novelist Matthew Pearl, a
discussion group guide, and an
Appendix, "The Earliest
Detectives," which includes texts
by Voltaire and the pioneering
French detective Vidocq.
special companion edition to The
Poe Shadow ideal for Poe
enthusiasts, students and
schools, and book clubs.
original materials © Matthew
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