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The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder

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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."

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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.

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Daniel Stashower is the winner of the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective and Crime Fiction Writing.

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Kristen M, January 18, 2010 (view all comments by Kristen M)
This is a very thorough and well-written historical book. It not only chronicles the investigation into Mary Rogers' death but also Poe's attempts to solve the crime himself through his story "The Mystery of Marie Roget". This was an interesting book mainly because it detailed the start of the organized and government-run police force in New York City -- changes brought about, in part, by the public uproar over the Mary Rogers case.
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rhymoon, November 7, 2009 (view all comments by rhymoon)
This was an impossible book to read, poorly written and just weird.
It leads you down the road on the death of this cigar girl, Mary Rodgers in Manhattan, and then just jumps all over the place.
You get a in depth bio of Edgar Allen Poe, then the author talks about Jack the Ripper, but wasn't that in the White Chapel district in London? England?
This was a very, very weird read.
Don't waste your time or $.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425217825
Author:
Stashower, Daniel
Publisher:
Berkley Publishing Group
Subject:
General
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective Fiction
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories, American
Subject:
Poe, Edgar Allan
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.42x5.60x.88 in. .70 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
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