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The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales (C. Auguste Dupin #1-3)

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Edited and with an Introduction by Matthew Pearl
Includes “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt,” and “The Purloined Letter”

Between 1841 and 1844, Edgar Allan Poe invented the genre of detective fiction with three mesmerizing stories of a young French eccentric named C. Auguste Dupin. Introducing to literature the concept of applying reason to solvin
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Modern Library (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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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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William Hosbein
This short mystery story by Edgar Allan Poe set the stage for future mystery novels, television shows, and movies. The Murders in the Rue Morgue included all aspects of your modern day mystery, there's a gruesome murder scene, brilliant detective, mystery,and plot twist.
My favorite aspect of the book was the plot twist at the end and how the main character pieced the puzzle together. However, the beginning of the story was rather confusing and the large words did not help the cause.
Overall, I wo
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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 (Book Data Kept Elsewhere)
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
Truncarlos
Bastante interesante. Se nota el comienzo de la noción de "detective", y los primeros juegos de narración deductiva. A veces se enrolla mucho (muchísimo) en las voces de algunos personajes, y le da muchas vueltas a ciertas explicaciones. Mi preferido: "El escarabajo de oro", justo el que no es de Dupin. ¡Que no se me pase por alto señalar a Dupin como precursor MUY CLARO de Sherlock Holmes!
Writerlibrarian
These are classics of the genre. The first classics of the genre. Published in 1841, Murders in the Rue Morgue put on the foundations of the Detective genre. Rereading it made me aware of the whole Holmes vibe and I started to think about Doyle getting "inspired" and how writers, artists in our times are very much restraint in the ridiculous length of the copyright promoted by multinational corporations. But I digress. These and the Mary Roget story are a must read for any detective stories love ...more
Patricia Rodrigues
Este é um livro com 3 contos, cuja personagem principal é Dupin, que é praticamente um detective não oficial e que é considerado como o precursor de Sherlock Holmes.

Os Crimes da Rua Morgue
(Conto lido para o Projecto Sexta Assombrada)
Há muito tempo que tinha curiosidade em ler Poe e mais concretamente este conto.
Conta-nos a história de dois brutais assassinatos de mulheres na Rua Morgue, e que acompanhamos os relatos de algumas testemunhas. Mas estes relatos têm pontos divergentes e parece que a
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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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Sun
Reading in 2011 has gotten off to a great start with Crime Masterwork's collection of five Poe crime stories. The first, The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841), is widely considered the first detective story and introduces C. Auguste Dupin (who is clearly the template for Sherlock Holmes, created more than 40 years later in 1887). Dupin's talents are such that he is more mind-reader than deductive logician. Poe's style is rather didactic and abstruse but this serves to punctuate the gruesome and b ...more
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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Sunny
I thought this short story was really impressive. I remember watching a black and white version of the film when I was really young and being really scared by it. Who would have known that I would read the book behind it one day. It’s a story about a murder that takes place in Paris which is almost unsolvable because they cant work out why the perpetrator would leave without any money, the killings are almost inhumanely gruesome and the police cant work out how the individual got in and then got ...more
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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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
Ea Solinas
Edgar Allan Poe is best known for his poetry ("Quoth the raven...") and his tales of the macabre. But he has a lesser-known claim to fame -- the prototypical detective stories, predating Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot.

Though only three stories about C. Auguste Dupin were written, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" compiles all three of them, with their baffling answers and armchair detection. These weren't the first detective tales, but they set the mold for the mysteries that followed -- stran
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Emma
Overview
I did not enjoy these as much as I thought I would. I was really enjoying the first one but then when the solution came, the perpetrator was so far out of the realms of possibility for me that I couldn't enjoy it. They sort of went down hill from there. I think these are good to read if you want to read the original detective stories, however, original doesn't mean the best. It is clear where Conan Doyle took his inspiration from and in my opinion, he crafted better stories and character
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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
Srdan Dukic
Poe's style is evident throughout the book. Though the critique at the end of the book rightly calls out Poe for lack of artistry in his writing, depicting a man merely applying the scientific method and elaborate language to the darkest topics of human existance.
Celine Huizer
I really liked this. Especially the stories considering Monsieur Dupin, the Sherlock Holmes of the times before Sherlock Holmes himself was invented. The true Poe-style macabre horror stories are a brilliant read as well. Thumbs up.
Fernando Delfim
"Louco não, mas é poeta, o que, na opinião de alguns, equivale a estar a um passo da loucura."
Tasha
Wow. Monkeys are scary.
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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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  • The Purloined Letter
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