The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Vintage Classics)

The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Vintage Classics)

by Matthew Pearl (Introduction), EdgarAllanPoe (Author)


WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MATTHEW PEARL Edgar Allan Poe invented the genre of detective fiction with these three mesmerising stories of a young French eccentric named C. Auguste Dupin: 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', 'The Mystery of Marie Roget' and 'The Purloined Letter'. Years later Dorothy Sayers would describe these tales 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 unique Dupin stories still stand out as utterly engrossing page-turners. This edition reproduces the definitive text of these stories and an introduction and appendix on 'The Earliest Detectives' by the novelist Matthew Pearl.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Published: 01 Jan 2009

ISBN 10: 0099529580
ISBN 13: 9780099529583
Book Overview: Poe's three classic tales of mystery and detection

Media Reviews
The best detective in fiction...Dupin is unrivalled -- Arthur Conan Doyle
Poe's blackly ingenious tale of brutal murder in 19th-century Paris establishes C. Auguste Dupin, a man of 'peculiar analytic ability', as the model for pretty much every intellectual detective to come -- The Ultimate Reading List * Sunday Telegraph *
For their supernatural grotesquerie and graveyard doom,[Poe's stories] foreshadow Stephen King and the southern gothic of Truman Capote... his work continues to enthral. His greatest tales radiate a dark humour and mockery that strike an oddly modern note. * Sunday Times *
If genius is an exceptional capacity for imaginative creation, Poe had it in spades. With Dupin in The Murders In The Rue Morgue, he created the first detective story before the word 'detective' existed * Daily Mail *
The modern horror novel owes an enormous debt to Poe, and the novel of psychological horror owes him almost everything * Spectator *
Author Bio
Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, USA, in 1809. Poe, short story writer, editor and critic, he is best known for his macabre tales and as the progenitor of the detective story. He died in 1849, in mysterious circumstances, at the age of forty.