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The Purloined Letter (C. Auguste Dupin #3)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  6,202 ratings  ·  183 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

"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
K.D. Absolutely
Oct 29, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Sidharth Vardhan
"“As a poet and as a mathematician, he would reason well; as a mere mathematician, he could not have reasoned at all.”

Best Allan Poe I have read so far. And I thought he only wrote Gothic stories. I'm telling you this Dupin guy is granddaughter daddy of Sherlock Holmes. You could almost see little Sherlock standing in corner silently taking notes with a admiring smile as Dupin explained to the narrator how he solved the mystery.
Jul 25, 2014 Bonnie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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
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.
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.
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
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
Es un relato breve que me sirvió para matar el tiempo durante el trayecto Devoto- Florida. Así de corto es. Que lo sea, no significa que sea malo.

Se trata de la intensa búsqueda de una comprometedora carta robada a la reina de Francia, quien a partir de entonces quedó atrapada en el -siempre interesante- chantaje político de parte de quien se la birló (más en aquellas épocas en donde la honorabilidad de la mujer era sagrada -Te agarraron, pillina :P- ). Por más que la policía usara todos sus ma
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
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.
Carly Ellen Kramer
I read this twice, and enjoyed it more the second time. For me, sometimes Poe needs to simmer a bit to be appreciated!
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
Dupin eres genial!
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Σαφέστατα και είναι μια ιστορία που διαβάζεται άκρως ευχάριστα -ναι, είμαι επηρεασμένη από το γεγονός πως είναι έργο του Poe-, αλλά οφείλουμε να ομολογήσουμε πως δεν ανήκει στις κορυφαίες του στιγμές. Ίσως να φταίει η απλότητα που χαρακτηρίζει την ιστορία αυτή, τόσο στην δομή όσο και στην εξέλιξή της. Βέβαια, καμιά φορά, μέσα από την απλότητα γεννιέται το μεγάλο και το σπουδαίο.
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
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.
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 is 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 t ...more
Ahmed Ibrahim
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Kaitlyn Utkewicz
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
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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
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
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
I'm not sure exactly how or why this ended up on my list, as I don't usually seek out a lot of short stories, but there it was, so I read it. Frankly, it was kind of dull, and despite its shortness, seemed longer than it needed to be to cover the things that happened in it. Most of it deals with the minutiae of searching for something in someone's home. Not particularly compelling.

And the resolution, while I won't spoil it, isn't particularly satisfying, in my opinion. I feel that a good detecti
Andrea Moreno
...—¿Y cuál es la dificultad ahora? —pregunté— Espero que no sea otro
—¡Oh, no, nada de eso!. El asunto es muy simple, en verdad, y no tengo
duda que podremos manejarlo suficientemente bien nosotros solos; pero he
pensado que a Dupin le gustaría conocer los detalles del hecho, porque es un
caso excesivamente singular.
—Simple y singular —dijo Dupin.
—Y bien, sí; y no exactamente una, sino ambas cosas a la vez. Sucede
que hemos ido desconcertados porque el asunto es tan simple, y, sin embargo
Ho voluto leggere questa raccolta di racconti credendo di poter rivalutare Poe, allo stesso modo in cui ho senz'altro rivalutato Pirandello, Manzoni e davvero molti altri quando ho potuto smettere di leggere per imposizione (rif. percorso scolastico). Purtroppo non é stato possibile: Poe, per i miei gusti, è troppo pesante. Angosciante e non sono sicura che voglia fare questo effetto; iniziano bene, i suoi racconti, mi incuriosiscono. Però poi diventa un po' ripetitivo, lasciando anche intuire i ...more
I didn't know until I read this that Edgar Allan Poe had written anything that wasn't full of the macabre. It was fascinating to see something so different that arrived from the mind of what people consider as a dreary most melancholy fellow.
I seem to have made it a habit to listen to sequels before the originals lately. This story featured Dupin, Poe's detective who later inspired Arthur Conan Doyle when writing Sherlock Holmes. Or something like that. I didn't actually find much of a similarity between the two characters myself. Besides the fact that they're brilliant detectives. Holmes generally takes Watson along on his adventures, though there are exceptions. Dupin solved the mystery entirely "off screen" handed out the retriev ...more
Apparently I went to a crappy school because I had not read "The Purloined Letter."

In fact, in my mind, having heard OF the tale but not heard the story itself, I had it stuck that this was a Sherlock Holmes story. But no. Dupin. Edgar Allen Poe.

Yes, a crappy school. But clearly I am a vastly superior parent. Because I watched this episode on "Wishbone" with my superiorly educated children. Why did PBS cancel that show? ANYWAY! The cute, sassy little Jack Russell terrier played Dupin. And playe
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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 hundr ...more
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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.” 50 likes
“As a poet and as a mathematician, he would reason well; as a mere mathematician, he could not have reasoned at all.” 17 likes
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