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The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Talesby Matthew Pearl
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Includes The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Rogêt, and The Purloined Letter
Between 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 fame and fortune to live on. Years later, Dorothy Sayers would describe “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” 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 Dupin stories still stand out as unique, utterly engrossing page-turners.
This Modern Library edition reproduces the definitive texts of the three tales. It includes an enlightening Introduction by novelist Matthew Pearl and an Appendix, “The Earliest Detectives.”
From the Trade Paperback edition.
The story of a retired detective who is called upon to solve a perplexing pair of murders is accompanied by commentary, biographical notes, and a reading group guide.
Suspense, fear and the supernatural provide the center for this tale by the master prose writer.
About the Author
Matthew Pearl is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and has taught literature at Harvard and at Emerson College. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dante Club and editor of the Modern Library’s Longfellow translation of Dante's Inferno. His latest novel is The Poe Shadow.
Table of Contents
Murders in the Rue Morgue — The mystery of Marie Roget — The purloined letter.
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