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The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murderby Daniel Stashower
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On July 28, 1841, the body of Mary Rogers, a twenty-year-old cigar girl, was found floating in the Hudson-and New York's unregulated police force proved incapable of solving the crime. One year later, a struggling writer named Edgar Allan Poe decided to take on the case-and sent his fictional detective, C. Auguste Dupin, to solve the baffling murder of Mary Rogers in "The Mystery of Marie Rog?t."
The author of Edgar winner "Teller of Tales" recounts the story of Manhattan tobacco store clerk Mary Rogers, whose murder in 1841 fueled a public outcry. Edgar Allan Poe began a fictional magazine serial featuring his famous detective Dupin speculating on the murder of the working-class girl, thus beginning the modern detective story.
About the Author
Daniel Stashower is the winner of the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective and Crime Fiction Writing.
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