April 20, 2009

C. Auguste Dupin – The First Detective


168 years ago today, Edgar Allen Poe's story, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, first appeared in Graham’s Magazine. Generally considered to be the first detective story, it focuses on the extraordinary analytical skills demonstrated by Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin, the detective who solves the mysterious brutal murder of two women in Paris.

Despite numerous witnesses overhearing the suspect, no one can agree on what language was spoken. At the murder scene, Dupin finds a hair that does not appear to be human…


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5 comments:

Poetikat said...

I've never read Poe's mystery, but I'm a big fan of Wilkie Collins's detective, Sergeant Cuff who appeared some time later in "The Moonstone" in 1868.

Kat

K. said...

I wonder whether Poe had any inkling that he had instigated a major popular fiction genre? I can't get through a year without reading at least 10-12 mysteries.

R.L. Bourges said...

Under C. Auguste Dupin, wikipedia has a nice facsimile of Poe's manuscript. All I can say is: Poe had such a neat and tidy handwriting, it's positively scary!

Love von Max's art critics - the work is getting mixed reviews, yes?

Jo said...

I'm returning the visit you made to my blog page last week - thank you for your comment! You're the first person to respond to what I'd written. I'm very new to all this, but how wonderful to be able to trip over such interesting people on the web - I love your blog - it is so eclectic! We do seem to share a lot of interests. My own detectives, I'm afraid, are not as ingenious nor as clever as M.Dupin and the crimes they have solved so far have been rather on the absurd side. However, I have grown rather fond of them!

Profoundly Superficial said...

What a wonderful photograph!