Re: RARA-AVIS: Ed Bunker and ex(?)-cons

From: Juri Nummelin (
Date: 02 May 2000

Mark Sullivan wrote:

> Anyway, there is clearly an appeal to true-life criminal exploits. So
> how far back does it go? If I remember correctly, didn't Poe and
> Dickens both base detectives (arguably the first fictional detectives)
> on the memoirs of a French (?) thief taker? Not exactly a crook, but
> not really a cop either.

You mean Gaboriau, who wrote his memoirs early in the 19th century and became sort of a example for Poe and Dickens, like you said.


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