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About The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Mystery and crime stories as we know them today did not emerge until the mid-nineteenth century when Edgar Allan Poe introduced mystery fiction’s first fictional detective, Auguste C. Dupin, in his 1841 story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” The acknowledged father of the mystery story, Poe continued Dupin’s exploits in novels such as The Mystery of Marie Roget (1842) and The Purloined Letter (1845).
“The Murders in the Rue Morgue” is the most famous example of a mystery style known as the locked room, in which “a murder victim is found inside an apparently sealed enclosure and the detective’s challenge is to discover the murderer’s modus operandi.” (Crime Classics)
Edgar Allan Poe was one of the first to shift the focus of mystery stories from the description of shocking events and eerie setting to a “study of the criminal’s mind.” (Crime Classics)
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