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

From: Enrique Bird ( ebird@gmgroup.com)
Date: 02 May 2000

Juri, Mark, other friends,

Actually, you mean Vidocq, the famous French criminal turned sleuth. His memoirs are so fantastic many considered them fiction or exagerated truth.

Gaborieau was after Poe and a Dickens/Collins contemporary who wrote
"L'Affaire Lerouge", the first French detective novel and one of the first in any language. His main detective here was P鲥 Tabaret, but a minor figure in Lerouge, Lecoq, became the protagonist of most (if not all) of his subsequent mystery novels and is perhaps the first recurring mystery novel detective. After his (Gaborieau's) death, Fortune De Boisgobey (may have his name spelled wrong!) wrote more Lecoq novels. Lecoq and Dupin (Poe's creation) were mentioned contemptuosly by Sherlock Holmes in his first appearence, "A Study in Scarlet".

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Juri Nummelin [SMTP: jurnum@utu.fi]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 02, 2000 2:10 PM
> To: rara-avis@icomm.ca
> Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Ed Bunker and ex(?)-cons
> 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.
> Juri
> jurnum@utu.fi

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