RARA-AVIS: A Day to Celebrate

From: Frederick Zackel ( fzackel@wcnet.org)
Date: 20 Apr 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."

With thanks to the Writers Almanac.

RARA-AVIS home page: http://www.miskatonic.org/rara-avis/
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