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The author of the book: Edgar Allan Poe
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Date of issue: 2007
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Sherlock Holmes you’re a selfish bastard.

Do you know why?

You ruined this story for me. Damn you Sherlock! No I’m just kidding. I think you’re great really Sherlock. It’s only because of your greatness that this story was weak. But, I did want to enjoy it. I suppose it’s not your fault really, your creator did take Poe’s idea and make it much better. You just came along for the ride.

Okay, so let’s get serious. A lot of writers owe a lot to Edgar Allan Poe. This work helped to define the detective story, this may be so, but other writers certainly made it better. For me, Poe is at his finest when he is entrenched in the world of darkness, horror and the maddening wired. He is a great gothic writer, but I don’t think he is great with detective stories. Well, at least not with this one. These stories may get better, but as for the first in the series, this was rather average. What! Poe average? Yes average. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes makes this look shockingly weak. It begins with a series of murders. The first being a decapitated old woman, I actually laughed out loud when I read this; it just seemed so comical:

“After a thorough investigation of every portion of the house without further discovery, the party made its way into a small yard in the rear of the building, where lay the corpse of the old lady, with her throat so entirely cut that, upon an attempt to raise her, the head fell off.”

See what I mean? Or is it just me?

The detectives have no idea how to approach the case; they are, in essence, rather clueless. They use the same tried and tested method, which means they are reluctant to adapt to new circumstances. This case requires creativity; it requires a little flair and outside thinking. It requires a new, if slightly abstract approach. This is where Dupin comes in. He is the character that inspired Holmes, but for all Homles’ rational deduction, Dupin’s observations felt tentative and obscure. I really think Holmes could teach him a thing or two about detective work. He is creative, and he uses acute perception like Holmes, though his findings just aren’t as clever.

I’m being a little unfair here. Sherlock may be a better character, but Dupin does have determination in a very high degree. He does have a powerful drive to see the job done:

Dupin seemed singularly interested in the progress of this affair- at least so I judged form his manner, for he made no comments. It was only after the announcement that Le Bon had been imprisoned, that he asked me my opinion regarding the murders.

And that’s exactly what he does; he, in his stoic manner, with the help of the narrator, solves the crime. The end is quite clever, I’ll give it that, but what it really lacks is personality. Dupin is dull, so very dull. He is colourless. Beyond his touchy detective skills there is very little character. Again, I can’t help but compare him to the enigmatic Sherlock. Now that’s a character. Sherlock appears reckless, and sometimes even self-destructive, but the man always knows the outcome before the case has begun. All danger has already been weighed. Doesn’t he just sound more interesting than Dupin?

This did pretty much create an entire genre. That’s an astonishing achievement. But, I still found the story to be a little mundane. For me, it didn’t have any intensity. I had to make myself finish it. Sherlock would chew up Dupin and spit him back out again before he had a chance to even get to the crime scene. As much as it pains me to rate a Poe story two stars, there is nothing else to be done.


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Ebook Los crímenes de la Calle Morgue y otros cuentos read Online! The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Fall of the House of Usher. This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of essays and book reviews. He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre, but he made his living as America’s first great literary critic and theoretician. Poe’s reputation today rests primarily on his tales of terror as well as on his haunting lyric poetry.

Just as the bizarre characters in Poe’s stories have captured the public imagination so too has Poe himself. He is seen as a morbid, mysterious figure lurking in the shadows of moonlit cemeteries or crumbling castles. This is the Poe of legend. But much of what we know about Poe is wrong, the product of a biography written by one of his enemies in an attempt to defame the author’s name.

The real Poe was born to traveling actors in Boston on January 19, 1809. Edgar was the second of three children. His other brother William Henry Leonard Poe would also become a poet before his early death, and Poe’s sister Rosalie Poe would grow up to teach penmanship at a Richmond girls’ school. Within three years of Poe’s birth both of his parents had died, and he was taken in by the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia while Poe’s siblings went to live with other families. Mr. Allan would rear Poe to be a businessman and a Virginia gentleman, but Poe had dreams of being a writer in emulation of his childhood hero the British poet Lord Byron. Early poetic verses found written in a young Poe’s handwriting on the backs of Allan’s ledger sheets reveal how little interest Poe had in the tobacco business.

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