Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue is considered to be the first ever detective story. It was published on April 20, 1841. Though widely read and admired, it did not popularize the genre.
Poe was inspired to write The Murders in the Rue Morgue by the memoirs of Francois Eugene Vidcoq, the founder of the world’s first detective agency.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue established many tropes that would become common elements in mystery fiction: the eccentric but brilliant detective, the bumbling constabulary, the storytelling device where the detective announces his solution and then explains the reasoning leading up to it.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue was the first of Poe’s three detective stories featuring the fictional C. Auguste Dupin, the other two being The Mystery of Marie Rogêt and The Purloined Letter.