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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; Second Impression edition (1 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099529580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099529583
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 724,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon Savidge Reads on 23 Jan. 2011
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To say that I was disappointed or underwhelmed by `The Murders in the Rue Morgue' by Edgar Allan Poe would be some what of an understatement, but stay with me as I can see why it should be read. I have always wanted to get my mitts on a copy of Edgar Allan Poe's tales of Dupin, who is pretty much the first detective in fiction (though I am sure there are others), because I had heard that it is these tales that gave inspiration to the likes of Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie who are seen as the great masters of detective fiction in modern times, and who also happen to be two of my favourite authors. I therefore thought that I was going to love this collection.

The collection starts with the title story of the collection. From reading the first page or two I found myself thinking `this is going to be hard work' as a whole three paragraph free pages about analysis of people and I think (and I say that because I was so confused, but simply could not force myself to read it again) Dupin who is the great detective that we come to learn so much more about through his accidental side kick, as the pages then go on finally we get to the murder. In all of the tales of Dupin that deal with murder, for some don't, all I can say is that nothing quite competes with the title story which is a shame as it's the first one so everything sort of goes downhill from there.

I did find the `The Mystery of Marie Roget' quite interesting as it is based on a true tale, so whilst its not as far fetched as the tale before it insightful as to how people looked at murder in the 1840's, or sort of didn't in a way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Jan. 2012
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This trilogy of stories featuring C. Auguste Dupin virtually invented the genres of mystery and detective fiction and, for that reason alone, are fascinating reading. This vintage classics version has an excellent introduction by Matthew Pearl, as well as an appendix, containing excerpts from the earliest detective stories, making this a really good buy.

When Poe wrote these stories, the first American bureau of detectives was still five years away from being established. However, many of the elements of future crime novels are here - the locked room mystery, for example, and an examination of the clues to deduce what happened in a methodical way. You could almost hear Poirot's magical brain cells clicking away as Dupin related what had happened and why.

There are three stories here: The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget and The Purloined Letter. The second story was based on a real life murder, which would have been known to Poe's readers. Mary Rogers was a young girl, who was found floating in the Hudson River in 1842 and Poe transplants the story to Paris. Although interesting to read, the characters are not well developed and the relating of evidence by Dupin rather dry. Saying that, these are a must read for anyone who is interested in crime fiction and the extra information in this edition was well presented and gave you great background, making the book much more enjoyable.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steve Reynolds on 7 Oct. 2002
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Edgar Allan Poe is rightly acknowledged as the granddaddy of detective fiction and collected here is the proof. In these stories he gave us the basic devices of an entire genre: the genius detective and his sidekick, the locked-room mystery, cyphers, royal spies, and the rigorous logic of arm-chair detection. However, the problem with pioneering an entire genre is that, for ever after, your pioneering efforts are going to look rather amateurish. And this, unfortunately, is the case with Poe: the Auguste Dupin stories may well have given birth to the modern detective story but today, when compared to the works they inspired, they are little more than historically interesting artefacts - and ultimately rather dull. It is simply not possible for us to experience these stories today with anything like the striking freshness they would have had for their original readers. So if you're looking for truly great detective stories, look elsewhere. But if you're seeking the historical origins of detective fiction, this book is just the ticket.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dona Rendell on 24 Jun. 2010
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This is the first ever collection of detective stories in the fascinating style, later adopted by Doyle and later by many contemporary authors.

The characters are underdeveloped and the mystery resolution incredulous and do not compare favourably to the other works by Poe, however these stories are a stepping stone for all detective story writers and an imprint of the characters of the many detectives created later. For this reason only, I recommend it!
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