Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: 165 years ago today

From: Jess Nevins (
Date: 20 Apr 2006

-----Original Message-----
>From: briannthorntonn <>
>--- In, Victoria Two <msvictoriatwo@...>
>>���� American Public Media
>> Subject: The Writer's Almanac for Thursday, April 20, 2006
>> In 1841, on this day, the first detective story was published. In
>his story
>> The Murders in the Rue Morgue," published in Graham's Magazine,
>Edgar Allen Poe created mystery's first fictional detective, Auguste
>C. Dupin. The story introduced many of the elements of mysteries that
>are still popular today: the genius detective, the not-so-smart
>sidekick, the plodding policeman and the use of the red herring to
>lead readers off the track.
>Small but important point here: the name of Poe's seminal fictional
>consulting detective was "C. Auguste Dupin," not "Auguste C. Dupin."

Nor was he the first fictional detective, and "Rue Morgue" wasn't the first detective story. But never mind.


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