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

From: Jess Nevins (
Date: 20 Apr 2006

-----Original Message-----
>From: Anthony Dauer <>
>Okay, so since Poe's character is a detective working in a mystery,
>then he remains the first actual detective.

If your definition of "detective" is "character whose primary focus is solving crimes, who is the central character in a work of fiction whose focus is on a crime and its solution," then, yes, he's the first "actual" detective. I think that definition is not particularly useful, however, since it excludes a great deal of material which should be taken into account when describing the evolution and history of the detective genre. It's too simplistic, for my tastes.

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