The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Murders in the Rue Morgue was originally published in 1841.
Widely considered to be the first modern detective story, it follows C. Auguste Dupin’s attempts to solve the horrific incident that left two women murdered, the only clue being a hair that does not appear to be human in origin. A tense and chilling tale, The Murders in the Rue Morgue is a must-read for fans of detective fiction, and is not to be missed by devotees of Poe’s fantastic fiction.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American author, editor, poet, and critic. Most famous for his stories of mystery and horror, he was one of the first American short story writers, and is widely considered to be the inventor of the detective fiction genre.
We are republishing this vintage text, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, in an affordable, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.
Extract from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue:
Residing in Paris during the spring and part of the summer of 18–, I there became acquainted with a Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin. This young gentleman was of an excellent — indeed of an illustrious family, but, by a variety of untoward events, had been reduced to such poverty that the energy of his character succumbed beneath it, and he ceased to bestir himself in the world, or to care for the retrieval of his fortunes. By courtesy of his creditors, there still remained in his possession a small remnant of his patrimony; and, upon the income arising from this, he managed, by means of a rigorous economy, to procure the necessaries of life, without troubling himself about its superfluities. Books, indeed, were his sole luxuries, and in Paris these are easily obtained.
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Through republishing works such as ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, it is hoped that the writing of this author of mystery and the macabre, can continue to delight – almost two centuries after its initial publication.