Re: RARA-AVIS: locked room mystery

Joe Hoffman (
Sun, 2 May 1999 13:15:59 -0400 Ed:

I'm not that pushy... I can live with the Poe reference.


>On Sat, 1 May 1999, "Joe Hoffman" <> who is
>really Anita, wrote:
>> Although I am sure I will probably garner more rotton eggs for
>> elaborating, (maybe not), Edgar Allen Poes "Murder in the Rue
>> Morgue", was the first impossible-crime locked room
>> detective story.
>Unless, like Dot Sayers, one tries to push the detective genre back to
>classical and biblical times (makes it respectable, see?). Accepting
>that 'detective fiction' can exist prior to 'the detective' one might
>then allow the biblical Daniel to be the solver of the first locked room
>mystery in Bel and the Dragon [from the apocrypha].

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