RARA-AVIS: The first P.I.?

Juri Nummelin (jurnum@utu.fi)
Fri, 12 Nov 1999 11:12:35 +0200 (EET)

There were couple of debates about who was the first private eye. Edgar Allan Poe invented the deductive type (August Dupin, Sherlock Holmes and the whole irritating bunch), but he has a short story "'Thou art the man!'" from 1844 in which the Nameless Detective (pun intended) solves the case rather with straight acting that deducting. Some critics say that he is the forerunner of Spade and Marlowe. But is he a private eye? I couldn't make out browsing the story last night.

Juri jurnum@utu.fi

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