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The Purloined Letter (C. Auguste Dupin #3)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  7,208 Ratings  ·  234 Reviews
The Purloined Letter" is a short story by American author Edgar Allan Poe. It is the third of his three detective stories featuring the fictional C. Auguste Dupin, the other two being "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt". These stories are considered to be important early forerunners of the modern detective story. It first appeared in The Gift f ...more
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Published May 1st 1986 by Creative Education (first published 1844)
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Sanjay Gautam
Nov 10, 2015 Sanjay Gautam rated it really liked it
"Perhaps it is the very simplicity of the thing which puts you at fault."

My first Dupin-tale by Poe; and it was impressive! I enjoyed every bit of it. Very Engrossing. Explanations given by Dupin at the end of the story are epic and quenches all the thirst inside you. I can guess now why Sherlock Holmes despised Dupin. Conan Doyle, I'm sure, was inspired from these Dupin-tales that he created, on almost similar lines, Dr. Watson as the sidekick of Sherlock Holmes, and Lestrade as Mr. G-.

A very i
Aug 02, 2016 Fabian rated it liked it
Making even the solitary molecules, or paired, frightened to the zenith so that they react in a chaotic demeanor, disrupting, terrible in elegance of expression and the redundancy of repression-- it's far too much for me, the proletariat with a reader's proclivity, to possibly endorse in the wholehearted method bestowed upon the gargantuan wave of Poe fanatics. The tale of the excessively (deceptively) obvious and bluff and double bluffs that go along with it (and the poker faces utilized and th ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Oct 29, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
The Purloined Letter is a clean departure from my initial expectation of Edgar Allan Poe's works. I thought that all of his works were macabre and grotesque. This one is similar to the short stories of Sherlock Holmes. I have read the whole SH canon and I thought that there were so many similarities.

Wiki says that there are three of these detective stories starring his private detective C. Auguste Dupin. Just like Holmes, Dupin is more intelligent than the police investigators. However, Dupin's
The Purloined Letter has been always one of my favorites. Without anything bloody or spooky, it is mysterious and entertaining.

Monsieur G—, the prefect of the Paris police arrives to Monsieur Dupin and asks for his help in a case he has made no progress so far. Dupin suggests him to continue to search the letter in question.
"If it is any point requiring reflection," observed Dupin, as he forebore to enkindle the wick, "we shall examine it to better purpose in the dark."
"That is another of you
Nov 14, 2015 Bonnie rated it really liked it
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"Perhaps it is the very simplicity of the thing which puts you at fault."

Compared to the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, this was one I knew I couldn't possibly miss. I could see some similarities, but naturally, Sherlock was sorely missed. In his place, Poe's writing was an adequate replacement. The story was not full of any action; however, it was a recollection of the search that was conducted for the 'purloined letter' and the reasoning that sometimes what you're looking for is right under your
Andrei Tamaş
Jan 19, 2016 Andrei Tamaş rated it it was amazing
Complexă psihologie poliţienească alături de (aproape miticul) Auguste Dupin.
"... matematicianul argumentează cu adevărurile lui finite."
Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
Eh. Not my favourite of Poe's works by far, but I do respect it as a departure from his typical style and subject matter. The real reason I didn't like this is because it's almost entirely dialogue, and for a story that could have been interesting, 95% of it is spent rambling on about algebra and metaphysics.
Jul 23, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The purloined letter(*) is synonymous with the original, radical subject of the unconscious.

This morning I kinda got lost on Wikipedia.

I wanted to get information about this book: Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

But my subconscious had obviously other plans and led me to Poe's story ... (**)
[This] is the only book-length philosophical work published by the German-Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein in his lifetime.
Scripta manent sed verba volant.

Perhaps I love this short story because of Lacan. Perhaps it's because of Derrida. My word, it might even be because of Edgar Allen Poe. It most certainly is not because of Marie Bonaparte. Barbara Johnson and Liahna Klenman Babener contributed, that's for sure.

A vaincre sans peril, on triomphe sans gloire.

This statement is unprovable.

True, the indexicality of the "this" in the last sentence invites ambiguity. "Thus it is that what the 'purloined letter,' nay, th
Sep 25, 2015 Fernando rated it it was amazing
La Carta Robada es un cuento policial en el que el inefable detective Auguste C. Dupin es contratado para descurbir su robo por un departamento de Policía ineficiente y es el mismo Dupin que los hace quedar como completos incompetentes. A veses lo esencial está claramente visible a los ojos, aunque algunos le pierden el rastro con increíble facilidad. A quien le interese, puede leer las "Reflexiones sobre La carta robada", realizado por los filósofos Lacan, Derrida y Zizek: http://www.revistadef ...more
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
The best of Poe's Dupin mysteries, The Purloined Letter is both the shortest and the most clever in execution. There's not much that can be said about it without spoiling the story, but it focuses on how we tend to miss the obvious.
When you consider the fact that detective fiction didn't exist when Poe wrote this story, it's pretty amazing. Two characters are smoking together one evening when a police official shows up with an intriguing mystery--a compromising letter has been stolen from a person of importance, and although the police know the thief's identify, they can't seem to find the letter anywhere. The policeman leaves without a solution to his problem, but by the next time he stops by, the mystery has already been ...more
Dec 27, 2015 Brenda rated it it was ok
Shelves: so-plain, meh
Not very impressive. 2.5
Carly Ellen Kramer
Nov 24, 2014 Carly Ellen Kramer rated it really liked it
I read this twice, and enjoyed it more the second time. For me, sometimes Poe needs to simmer a bit to be appreciated!
How cool! As I read more Poe I'm figuring out how ignorant I really am. I love Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and only after reading this story and seeing such a huge parallel between Dupin and Holmes did I look up and find that Poe was a huge influence on Doyle. The Purloined Letter was published 15 years before Doyle was born. It reads and feels like a short Sherlock Holmes story. What's so impressive here for me comes in two parts: that Poe was really great at writing stories of reason and that Doyl ...more
Jul 15, 2015 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Un crimen corto y bastante obvio. Nada impresionante, hay otros relatos de Poe que me gustan más, pero estuvo bien para una lectura de paso.
Manik Sukoco
Jan 01, 2016 Manik Sukoco rated it really liked it
This is definitely the best of the three Poe stories featuring Dupin, despite having the most commonplace title. It's a clear antecedent of Sherlock Holmes in almost every respect, and actually has a plot as well. You can hear Holmes saying many of Dupin's lines, Watson saying many of the unnamed narrator's and Lestrade saying many of Inspector G's lines.
Sep 17, 2009 Cindy rated it really liked it
This is a detective story - don't believe the book description. "Suspense, fear and the supernatural" really have very little to do with The Purloined Letter. In reality, it's a short detective tale, using rational thought to solve a crime. Written a good 50 years before Sherlock Holmes, this short story is considered to be the grandfather of the modern detective story. The amateur detective uses observation, reasoning and some sly cunning to solve the crime, much to the chagrin of the police pr ...more
Apr 05, 2015 Natalie rated it really liked it
When I saw this was another story about Dupin I was like:

The other two Dupin books I've read (The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Mystery of Marie Rogêt) were NOT my favorite. So, I wasn't exactly thrilled to see another overly analyzed detective story.

I was surprised that I actually ended up liking this one. It was funny, short, and the mystery was actually interesting.

"That is another of your odd notions," said the Prefect, who had a fashion of calling every thing "odd" that was beyond hi
Adam Sprague
Jun 19, 2011 Adam Sprague rated it it was ok
I think the Dupin stories simply may just not be for me. As other reviewers have stated, this is incredibly wordy when it does not need to be and the characters are fairly boring.

There is no interesting murder like with the ape, just a letter on a shelf.

Only for the hardcore Poe fans here. Yet more dissapointment from the highly praised Poe.
LawStudent Reader
Dec 22, 2015 LawStudent Reader rated it did not like it
The more that I read Poe, the more I decide that I just don't like him. It's sad really because he has produced The Tell-Tale Heart and Annabel Lee, which I loved as kid. But as I'm reading him now I'm seeing a different side. The Pit and the Pendulum was pretty good and kept my interest, but I absolutely hated this one. The Purloined Letter was above all, a detective story about a letter that was stolen and then miraculously recovered. Poe lost me in the explanation of how the letter was found- ...more
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Scarlet Cameo
Dec 16, 2015 Scarlet Cameo rated it really liked it
Dupin eres genial!
Kaitlyn Utkewicz
Jun 19, 2014 Kaitlyn Utkewicz rated it did not like it
The more that I read Poe, the more I decide that I just don't like him. It's sad really because he has produced The Tell-Tale Heartand Annabel Lee, which I loved as kid. But as I'm reading him now I'm seeing a different side. The Pit and the Pendulum was pretty good and kept my interest, but I absolutely hated this one. The Purloined Letter was above all, a detective story about a letter that was stolen and then miraculously recovered. Poe lost me in the explanation of how the letter was found- ...more
Kristen Chavis
Apr 12, 2011 Kristen Chavis rated it it was amazing
The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe Publisher: Perfection Learning

Edgar Allan Poe essentially started the genre of the Detective Novel. The Purloined Letter is about a detective who after an exhausted search for a stolen letter, calls upon an old friend, for advice. The detective’s friend Dupin, is a former Prefect to whom the detective admires.
Poe does an amazing job at keeping tension in the story. Through the reading of this story, I learned a great way to use the literary technique of
demetriaa h.
Jun 22, 2016 demetriaa h. rated it it was amazing
i must be amazingly smart; i got the answer to the case as soon as the word "letter" is mentioned *laughcry
Jorge Rosas
Oct 13, 2015 Jorge Rosas rated it it was ok
Intrigas políticas y chantajes, pronto resueltos por un investigador no oficial y un rápido pase de manos.
Rima Rashid
Nov 11, 2015 Rima Rashid rated it really liked it
So many detective Sherlock fiction feels.
Nov 11, 2012 Safae rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1001, english
I find it hard to like Edgar Allan Poe, his writings do not intrigue me at all, on the other hand they confuse me and do not leave me at ease.
What I liked in this book was _as I understood it_ the talk about the mentality of mathematicians and poets, being surrounded by mathematicians who think themselves superior to other beings, I found it amusing to have someone who disagrees, because just like him I find it hard to apply mathematical theories on life,which makes a mathematician almost a delu
Meghan Weasley
Oct 06, 2015 Meghan Weasley rated it it was ok
The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allen Poe
(I’m not personally a big fan of Poe’s prose to start with, who names a character “G-“? A fiction writer is supposed to be creative, naming your characters after letters is not creative.)
This story reminded me a lot of the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – not necessarily surprising if we consider that Poe’s C. Augustine Dupin is the inspiration for the character Sherlock Holmes. Poe’s narrator and John Watson share qualities as casual observers, and a willi
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“That is another of your odd notions," said the Prefect, who had a fashion of calling every thing "odd" that was beyond his comprehension, and thus lived amid an absolute legion of "oddities.” 56 likes
“As a poet and as a mathematician, he would reason well; as a mere mathematician, he could not have reasoned at all.” 20 likes
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