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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

(January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849)

Edgar Allan Poe was a highly influential American writer and poet. He was an early US practitioner of the short story. He is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre, and popularized cryptography and secret writing, but is mostly known for his tales of mystery and the macabre. His death is still a mystery occurring early, unexpectedly, and the cause is to this day unknown.

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Edgar Allan Poe
Murders in the Rue Morge by Edgar Allan Poe

With Murders in the Rue Morge, Edgar Allan Poe is the inventor of the model for the modern detective story consisting of a brilliant detective, his personal friend who serves as the narrator, and the revelation of whodunit that is revealed before the explanation of how the crime was committed. More specifically, Poe is also the father of the locked room mystery, detective stories where the impossibility of the crime takes center stage. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle acknowledged that he modeled his most famous Sherlock Holmes stories after Poe's detective story model by having Watson explicitly state in the first Holmes...

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