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The First Detective: The Complete Auguste Dupin Stories (C. Auguste Dupin #1-3)

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The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Rogêt & The Purloined Letter
The 'first detective' of fiction steps out

'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' by Edgar Allan Poe is widely considered to be the first true detective story; also in this volume are the author's two other detective fiction classics featuring the same central character-'The Mystery of Marie Rogêt'
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Hardcover, 136 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Leonaur Ltd (first published 1841)
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Sean
There are very few people with any knowledge of literature who have not heard of the character Sherlock Holmes. Beloved by readers for over a century, Conan Doyle crafted a pompous and overly confident detective that always seems to be on the trail of even the cleverest criminals. But this review is not about Sherlock Holmes. It is about the man who is responsible for influencing the creator of this character. His name is Auguste Dupin, a Frenchman. This detective created by Edgar Allan Poe appe ...more
Eric
Nov 25, 2013 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the detective genre
Recommended to Eric by: Sherlock Holmes
I decided to read Poe's Dupin stories after reading this exchange between Watson and Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet:
"It is simple enough as you explain it," I said, smiling. "You remind me of Edgar Allen Poe's Dupin. I had no idea that such individuals did exist outside of stories."

Sherlock Holmes rose and lit his pipe. "No doubt you think that you are complimenting me in comparing me to Dupin," he observed. "Now, in my opinion, Dupin was a very inferior fellow. That trick of his of break
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Noran Miss Pumkin
I picked this reader for he is Bronson Pinchot-Balkie from that fun Tv series. I adore Poe and have been wanting to review the detective stories for some time now. Well, Pinchot is rapid and monotone--I could not tolerate 5 minutes of him-speeding through Poe's words. So the star is only for the speaker/reader, and not for Poe! My first favorite author of my youth.
Nina
The Victorians are currently reading these Poe mysteries to see how they influenced the detective genre, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes in particular. I thought it would be interesting to read along and find out how the genre began and to see how much inspiration Doyle got from Poe.

I am no Sherlock scholar at all, having only read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as of yet. But boy, Doyle succeeded where Poe failed! Both detectives - Poe's Dupin and Doyle's Sherlock - are arrogan
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Rickswan
I had to read the Murders in the Rue Morgue (at the time of writing this it's not due yet for another day, so good for me) for my CRM447w Senior Seminar in Criminology class. Not all of the Dupin tales, just the MITRM. After downloading a PDF from the professor, my GF printed it out @ school w/ 2 pages per-printed page. Yesterday & the day before I finished reading it (@ approximately 5 AM) and while looking up every few words due to an abundance of archaic language, I found out on Wikipedia ...more
Batgrl (Not Trusting GR With My Reviews/Shelves Now)
NOTE: (9/21/2013) I was using BookLikes to backup my GR stuff, and then went in and edited this review once it had imported into their system. What I didn't know was that my edits in their blog/review area would be reflected here, and thus I lost all the links and other html in this review. (Definitely not a good feature, Booklikes!) So disabling Goodreads Synchronization for now (That's found under Settings>Import.) I'll replicate them eventually, but now I'll have to remember where they all ...more
Amy Sturgis
This particular edition of Edgar Allan Poe's pioneering stories featuring the first fictional detective, C. Auguste Dupin, includes an introduction by Matthew Pearl (author of, among other things, the novel The Poe Shadow - which I recommend - which pits Dupin against the unsolved mystery of Poe's death), and an appendix with some excellent selections that put the Dupin stories into context: "The Earliest Detectives: Zadig, Vidocq, and Jimmy Buckhorn."

The three Dupin stories are, of course, the
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Donna
One of my favorite shows as a kid was Wishbone, the simple tale of a scholarly Jack Russell who would imagine himself into the various classic novels he loved to read. The show massively appealed to me as a budding bibliophile, and I watched avidly, soaking in the stories of those books still a little advanced for me to read. One of my favorite episodes was "The Pawloined Paper" based on Edgar Allen Poe's "Purloined Paper", arguably one of the first true detective stories ever written. When I sa ...more
Cheryl
THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE was written by Edgar Allan Poe and published in Graham's Magazine in 1841. Readers are introduced to Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin, the eccentric but brilliant private detective and his loyal friend and narrator who live together in Paris on the Faubourg St. Germain.

These "madmen of harmless natures", secluded from society and "existing in ourselves alone" become aware of a horrific crime in the Rue Morgue. At 3AM, terrific shrieks were heard from the fourth floor home
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Daniel
I really wanted and expected to enjoy Edgar Allan Poe's trio of tales featuring C. Auguste Dupin, knowing that they gave birth to the modern detective story and that Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories likely would not exist without them.

The Dupin stories are not without their merits: "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" has a humorous -- and perhaps more humorous than Poe intended -- twist at the end, and "The Mystery of Marie Roget" is noteworthy for containing Poe's accurate solution to t
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Shahriar Khan
I think this book was quite odd in many ways the first being the killer is a monkey!!(technically its a orangutan).

i chosew this book mabe because of the title and the cover. "the murders in rue mogue" has that paranormal ring which i like and the book was new in the library!

this fits into the "Classics" category. i only figuered out it was a classic while writing this review!

my favourite character is Dupin. i lke him because he is very smart. i can also relate him to the mentalist. he solves th
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Elizabeth (Alaska)
A nice little volume of Poe's three short stories involving Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin, Parisian gentleman. Originally published as magazine articles between 1841-1845, they are some of the very earliest of their type. The police, of course, are inept thinkers, while Dupin has superior analytical ability. I like true crime detective TV - Cold Case Files and the like. This fed that interest entirely.

I am embarrassed to say this is my first Poe. In high school we had to read some excerpts of his p
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Fernando Delfim
"Louco não, mas é poeta, o que, na opinião de alguns, equivale a estar a um passo da loucura."
Pippa
The Murders in the Rue Morgue was absolutely brilliant and it made me wonder why the police don't enlist the help of writers in difficult cases. (As a writer myself I know how quickly I can work out complex scenarios, be sensitive to the slightest hint of untruth, and understand people's motivation). These are some of the essential strengths of a good writer. Poe got it right in this tale, and knowing that it is based on a real life case makes it even more interesting. The other two stories are ...more
Norman Cook
Although Poe did not invent the detective story, his efforts forever steered the mystery genre into many of its hallowed conventions. The four stories in this volume showcase Poe’s talent for obfuscating the obvious, and placing technique over character in the service of allowing the reader to test his own logical thinking against puzzles great and small. While none of these pack the punch of some of his horror stories, they deserve their rightful place in the origins of mystery fiction. “The Mu ...more
Scott
The murders in the Rue Morgue is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe in which the narrator and his friend Dupin read about a pair of "extraordinary gruesome murders" in the newspaper. The murders are as horrific as they are mysterious, full of locked doors from the inside and a seemingly supernatural feeling of whodunit. The police stumped as to a culprit, and cannot find shred of evidence to support any theories they have thus far come up with. However once the analytical mind of Monsieur C. Augus ...more
Nicholas Seders
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The section in which Dupin perceives the narrator's thoughts is fantastic, but everything else is terribly boring. And then to find out (view spoiler), seriously? It felt like such a waste of time by the end. Oh well, at least it provided some great inspiration for the tales of Doyle!

The Mystery of Marie Roget
Really long. Really dry. No real ending. This is, without a doubt, my least favorite of Poe's detectiv
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Carl Alves
I’ve enjoyed other Edgar Allan Poe stories and poems, and I had high hopes for this collection of stories featuring Poe’s character Auguste Dupin, an investigator that does the police’s work for them. Perhaps I’m missing something here but I just found the narrative to be long-winded and not particularly compelling. In the stories, Dupin goes on and on about uninteresting topics that makes me lose interest rather quickly. The stories are almost entirely narrative with no real action. I found the ...more
Sassy
Since I enjoyed a fair bit of Poe's poetry I assumed his prose would illicit the same mix of horror and awe. Alas, it seems Poe's talents lie in poetry and not narrative. These texts were all so poorly paced it was literally an act of supreme will that managed to pull me through them, that and I had to read them for my course. They dragged so very hard, 90% of the narrative was Dupin talking in long uninteresting soliloquies of his own genius. The Marie Roget story was particularly dry, but was ...more
Tasha
Wow. Monkeys are scary.
Kristine Morris
Having read Matthew Pearl's Shadow of Poe which features Poe's character C. Auguste Dupin and because Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre, I was intrigued to read his Dupin Tales: The Murders in the Rue Morgue. He is a huge literary name and yet I really knew nothing about him nor had read him.

There are 3 stories in this book. The first The Murders in the Rue Morgue is what I would describe as being the easiest to read and the closest to what readers today wou
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Judy
These three tales, justly famous for their seminal contribution to the genre of detective fiction, still make entertaining reads today. For the modern reader, it's true, the methods and manner of Poe's Dupin are very familiar, but he does vividly transport us back to the 1840's, to a time when such investigative analysis seemed novel, and does invite us to join in the investigative role, both of which spice up and freshen the reading.

Matthew Pearl's Intro adds another layer of interest. Surveyi
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dragonhelmuk
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Alex
If it were possible to give a 3.5 rating, I would give it to this collection.

I love reading Poe. I teach a class which focuses on a few of his short stories, and that class covers "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Purloined Letter." However, while I tremendously enjoy parts of these mysteries, there are things about them which keep me from ranting and raving about their greatness.

Sure, Dupin is the prototype for Sherlock Holmes. And yes, Poe is credited with inventing many of the archety
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Judul Asli : AUGUSTE DUPIN
Copyright © by Edgar Allan Poe
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Desain Cover : Nuruli Khotimah
Cetakan I : Desember 2012 ; 326 hlm
Rate : 3,5 of 5

Bagi penggemar kisah misteri ala detektif, maka nama yang acapkali muncul adalah sosok Sherlock Holmes – detektif serba bisa yang dikenal dengan metodenya yang unik, karya Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Atau sosok Hercule Poirot dengan sel-sel kelabunya karya sang R
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Marlene
I can only give this book two & a half stars. Just didn't appeal to me and most of this rating goes to the Murders of the Rue Morgue. That had some semblance of the murder mystery format I'd expect. I anticipated the Murder of Marie Roget as I have, but not read yet, The Beautiful Cigar Girl....", but was so deflated by the convulted and nonsensical babbling of Dupin and then only to not actually have the mystery come to a conclusion. I thought I had missed something, because with the writin ...more
Annette
Per il momento ho letto solo il primo racconto, ma sebbene sia originale, l'ho trovato piuttosto sconclusionato e improbabile.
Ok, che Poe è Poe e inserisce elementi "fantasiosi" ovunque, ma ne I delitti della Rue Morgue ha proprio esagerato. Senza contare il fatto che le congetture di Dupin sono veramente assurde.

Almeno, da appassionata di gialli, la vedo così o.O

EDIT del 20/04/11: Confermo quanto già detto, soprattutto sul primo racconto e a questo punto sono costretta a dire che Poe non fa per
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Marie
I so wish Chevalier C Auguste Dupin hadn't been so fond of hearing the sound of his own voice, or that his companion hadn't been so fond of listening to it; those three short stories give a great insight on how Holmes and Watson came to be, but boy doesn't Dupin go on and on and on! I also wish Mr Poe hadn't been so ready to "show off" dare I say and pepper his texts with Latin phrases - "non sequitur", "de lunatico Inquirendo", "non distributio Medii" - to quote but a few. Notwithstanding the f ...more
Balkron
My Rating Scale:
1 Star - Horrible book, It was so bad I stopped reading it. I have not read the whole book and wont
2 Star - Bad book, I forced myself to finish it and do NOT recommend. I can't believe I read it once
3 Star - Average book, Was entertaining but nothing special. No plans to ever re-read
4 Star - Good Book, Was a really good book and I would recommend. I am Likely to re-read this book
5 Star - GREAT book, A great story and well written. I can't wait for the next book. I Will Re-Read th
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Rebecca
Nov 05, 2007 Rebecca rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers, those with logical brains, fans of Poe
I am reading this book in conjunction with The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl for my reading group. Seeing as Pearl wrote the new introduction for this collection of stories, I'm excited about the pairing!
And now that I'm done with both the Poe Shadow and The Dupin Tales, I am Poe-d out. The Dupin tales were interesting, and 3 short stories I feel I should have read already (Murder at the Rue Morgue, The Perloined Letter and The Murder of Marie Roget). The long winded speeches by Dupin tended to ge
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