EDGAR ALLAN POE – THE FIRST MYSTERY WRITER IN AMERICAN LITERATURE?

Although Edgar Allan Poe is best known for works stemming from the horror genre, he also wrote what many consider to be the first detective story recorded in American literature – The Murders in the Rue Morgue.  Subsequent publications by other detective writers followed, with perhaps the most famous of these being Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s, Sherlock Holmes.  The Holmes character was inspired by Poe’s fictional detective, C. Auguste  Dupin, the crime-solving guru from The Murders in the Rue Morgue.

Whodunit mysteries are a popular genre among many readers, and from greats such as Agatha Christie, to Gillian Flynn, to Dennis Lehane, we as fans of these books have been entertained, and teased, to a highly pleasurable degree of enjoyable frustration as we try to figure out the identity of the murderer.

I hope that for any readers of my whodunit mystery, You Say Goodbye, the fun of channeling one’s inner sleuth is met and the lessons I learned as a reader of these aforementioned great authors is achieved.

2 Replies to “EDGAR ALLAN POE – THE FIRST MYSTERY WRITER IN AMERICAN LITERATURE?”

  1. Poe was an amazing short story writer. He did give us the first modern detective stories as well as horror. He was also an accomplished poet. As a teacher, I found my high students relating well to his work. I always keep in mind his literary insight that short stories need focus.

    1. Jaqueline, I appreciate your comments, especially from an author with a high school teaching background as well. In a previous blog on Poe that I wrote for another website, the one that received the most comments by far was a piece that detailed Poe’s ongoing popularity with the Goth community, so if any of your students have an association with them you probably had their undivided attention.

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