Edgar Allen Poe Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe was born on 19th January, 1809, in Boston. John Allan and his wife, a childless couple looked after him after being orphaned at age two.

The family moved to England when Poe was six and he started his education there. He continued his studies at private schools after he returned with the Allan family to the U.S. in 1820. He attended a university and a military academy, but did not finish them.

He married his young cousin, Virginia Clemm, 13. Poe in the field of literature was known as a prose writer and a poet. He worked for several newspapers and magazines and became a member of the staff of the New York Mirror. He was battling a drinking problem and he was also ...view middle of the document...

A crime that is unsolvable by the most of readers is still a puzzle, a thing that is difficult to understand and includes the content found in detective story plots.

Poe`s crime story, 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' is undoubtedly considered to be the first detective story ever written, a milestone in literature. For solving the mystery the process of using crystal clear logic referred to as a story of ratiocination. Mr Dupin, the clever amateur detective, is the main character, who relies on his intuition, his logic and on psychological calculus of probabilities.

Later writers used the detective-story structures Poe introduced, including a seemingly insoluble mystery, puzzled police, and a ‘clever head' solving the mystery and explaining every single moment of it.

Poe and his works influenced literature in the United States and everywhere in the world, as well as in specialized fields, such as cryptography and cosmology. Poe and his works appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today.

Edgar Allan Poe


The Murders in the Rue Morgue


The story begins with a short introduction to it by the narrator, who is not yet known. We learn how he met Mr Dupin and their friendship developed.

Their first accidental meeting happened in a public library in Paris. When they realized they were looking for the same book they smiled at each other and started to talk. They decided to meet on a regular basis and became friends. Once during a walk Mr Dupin talks about an actor`s story who is well known by the narrator. He shows his ability by recalling some details of the story that are seemingly unimportant and making amazing conclusions.

A horrible...

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