The Victorians are currently reading these Poe mysteries to see how they influenced the detective genre, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle s Sherlock Holmes in particular I thought it would be interesting to read along and find out how the genre began and to see how much inspiration Doyle got from Poe I am no Sherlock scholar at all, having only read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as of yet But boy, Doyle succeeded where Poe failed Both detectives Poe s Dupin and Doyle s Sherlock are arrogant and sometimes condescending in their great wisdom, but where Sherlock has an eccentricity and original quirky charm that makes him likable despite his arrogance, Dupin is just an annoying twat Listen to me talk for ages and ages and ages about how extremely intelligent I am you little ignorant fool I am the master of observation and inference and you don t hold a candle to me Bla bla bla a Poe s Auguste Dupin is known as the first proper fictional detective in literary history, and, may I say, only his being the first can justify his lengthy, pedantic, self satisfied harangues The middle story, The Mystery of Marie Rog t, is the weakest, narratively speaking, of the three, though no doubt it makes for a wonderful essay either on state of the art methods of detection, on language processing, or on contemporary journalism While I ve certainly read entertaining detective stories, Dupin s are a one of a kind piece of work he may not be one of my favourites, but if that of the favourites wasn t a somewhat exclusive category, then they wouldn t be called favourites at all. An inquiry will afford us amusementThe Murders in the Rue Morgue is considered the first detective fiction story Poe s early detective fiction tales featuring C Auguste Dupin laid the groundwork for future detectives in literature Sir Arthur Conan Doyle said,Each of Poe s detective stories is a root from which a whole literature has developed Where was the detective story until Poe breathed the breath of life into itThe character of Dupin became the prototype for many future fictional detectives, including Arthur Conan Doyle s Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie s Hercule Poirot source Wikipedia I read this story first in high school later in college I remember I didn t like it first, but later I learned to appreciate it An unknown narrator tells how he met and befriended Monsieur C Auguste Dupin in Paris, and how Dupin solved an extraordinary crimeTruth is not always in There are very few people with any knowledge of literature who have not heard of the character Sherlock Holmes Beloved by readers for over a century, Conan Doyle crafted a pompous and overly confident detective that always seems to be on the trail of even the cleverest criminals But this review is not about Sherlock Holmes It is about the man who is responsible for influencing the creator of this character His name is Auguste Dupin, a Frenchman This detective created by Edgar Allan Poe appears in only three short stories but these stories really pack a punch and offer a very satisfying introduction to the detective fiction genre Poe s writing here is complex Although these stories appear short they should be read slowly and require a little concentration as u That is another of your odd notions, said the Prefect, who had a fashion of calling everything odd that was beyond his comprehension, and thus lived amid an absolute legion of oddities As noted this was life preserver book, bought for loose change and kept in my truck for just such an occasion Poe s Dupin stories are cerebral but not charming There is little here of atmosphere nor much banter Upon reflection, there isn t much humanity at all on display These are exercises, examples of a methodology It is easy to see how compelling Dupin s improbable genius was to readers The allure continues to our own jaded days Note to self all days have been jaded.
Oh dear With this book I have once again become that fish swimming against the tide of opinions of practically everyone else who s read these three stories contained in this book, the sum total of Poe s Dupin stories While I get their importance in the history of detective crime fiction, quite frankly, this book bored me silly I love Poe s gothic supernatural ish works to be sure his somewhat cryptic Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym was weird but kept me flipping pages, but I just can t stand Auguste Dupin nor do I care for Poe s writing here First in this collection is the blockbuster Murders in the Rue Morgue, followed by The Mystery of Marie Rog t, and last comes The Purloined Letter All of these stories reflect Dupin s method of ratinocination, a cerebral method of combining intelle É The Murders in the Rue Morgue (C. Auguste Dupin, #1-3) É I decided to read Poe s Dupin stories after reading this exchange between Watson and Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet It is simple enough as you explain it, I said, smiling You remind me of Edgar Allen Poe s Dupin I had no idea that such individuals did exist outside of stories Sherlock Holmes rose and lit his pipe No doubt you think that you are complimenting me in comparing me to Dupin, he observed Now, in my opinion, Dupin was a very inferior fellow That trick of his of breaking in on his friends thoughts with an apropos remark after a quarter of an hour s silence is really very showy and superficial He had some analytical genius, no doubt but he was by no means such a phenomenon as Poe appeared to imagine I cannot look at this compilation as one cohesive work, as each of the three stories The M Consider this a heads up there s going to be some classic detective literature lingering around my reading list for the next few months And you can t write a potted history of it without starting vaguely in the vicinity of C Auguste Dupin Actually, you probably can t start it without the Arabian Nights don t worry, I didn t But then I skipped forward to Poe When I sat down to read Rue Morgue, I was all set to tick something off my list a book I should have read years ago, but had never managed to Unfortunately, I couldn t, because it turns out that I have read it before after all I ve no memory of doing so, but I definitely knew what happened Purloined Letter the same, and not just because Arthur Conan Doyle nicked half the idea and did it I think better in at least two stories A Scandal in Bohemia, and what s th This is of a mystery than a tale of horror, and even though C Auguste Dupin is intriguing, he doesn t quite have the flair and style of Sherlock Holmes Still very good though I am reading through a collection of his short tales. The Murders In The Rue Morgue, The Mystery Of Marie Rog T, And The Purloined Letter Between And , 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 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 [ Pdf The Murders in the Rue Morgue (C. Auguste Dupin, #1-3) õ x-men PDF ] by Edgar Allan Poe õ 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
About The Author
Edgar Allan Poe
The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Fall of the House of Usher This versatile writer s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of