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Edgar Allan Poe and Detective Fiction In Richmond VA

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

One of today’s most popular literary and cinematic genres, Detective Fiction was born 170 years ago. It is hard to believe but “Detective Fiction” first appeared in the April 1841 issue of Graham’s Magazine, with the publication of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” This was the first of three of Poe’s tales to feature C. Auguste Dupin, the very first fictional sleuth. What to call this new literary genre? Poe called these stories “Tales of Ratiocination” after all, the word “detective” had not yet entered the English language,

Poe: The Birth of Mystery through June 23, 2011

The impact of Poe’s development of the idea of a story with a plot that revolves around a highly intelligent character’s ingenious solution to a mystery can be found in Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Adrian Monk, and even Scooby Doo. We might never have heard of these characters if it were not for Poe! Poe developed a number of popular detective story subgenres as well, including True Crime (“The Mystery of Marie Roget”), the “Locked-Door” mystery (“The Murders in the Rue Morgue”), the treasure hunt mystery (“The Gold-Bug”), and the comic detective story (“Thou Art the Man”). Poe was so acclaimed for his inventive contributions to the genre that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, wrote, “Where was the detective story until Poe breathed the breath of life into it?”

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