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The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales

(C. Auguste Dupin #1-3)

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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 solving crime, these tales brought Poe fame and fortu
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by Modern Library (first published 1844)
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Sherlock Holmes you’re a selfish bastard.

Do you know why?

You ruined this story for me. Damn you Sherlock! No I’m just kidding. I think you’re great really Sherlock. It’s only because of your greatness that this story was weak. But, I did want to enjoy it. I suppose it’s not your fault really, your creator did take Poe’s idea and make it much better. You just came along for the ride.

Okay, so let’s get serious. A lot of writers owe a lot to Edgar Allan Poe. This work helped to define the detect
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Duane
This is more of a mystery than a tale of horror, and even though C. Auguste Dupin is intriguing, he doesn't quite have the flair and style of Sherlock Holmes. Still very good though. I am reading through a collection of his short tales.
Exina
“An inquiry will afford us amusement…”

The Murders in the Rue Morgue is considered the first detective fiction story. Poe's early detective fiction tales featuring C. Auguste Dupin laid the groundwork for future detectives in literature. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle said, "Each [of Poe's detective stories] is a root from which a whole literature has developed... Where was the detective story until Poe breathed the breath of life into it?"
The character of Dupin became the prototype for many future
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Sean
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Simona Bartolotta
Poe's Auguste Dupin is known as the first proper fictional detective in literary history, and, may I say, only his being the first can justify his lengthy, pedantic, self-satisfied harangues. The middle story, The Mystery of Marie Rogêt, is the weakest, narratively speaking, of the three, though no doubt it makes for a wonderful essay either on state-of-the-art methods of detection, on language processing, or on contemporary journalism.
While I've certainly read more entertaining detective stori
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Nancy Oakes
Oh dear. With this book I have once again become that fish swimming against the tide of opinions of practically everyone else who's read these three stories contained in this book, the sum total of Poe's Dupin stories. While I get their importance in the history of detective/crime fiction, quite frankly, this book bored me silly. I love Poe's gothic/supernatural-ish works to be sure; his somewhat cryptic Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym was weird but kept me flipping pages, but I just can't stand ...more
Jonfaith
'That is another of your odd notions,' said the Prefect, who had a fashion of calling everything 'odd' that was beyond his comprehension, and thus lived amid an absolute legion of 'oddities.'

As noted this was life preserver book, bought for loose change and kept in my truck for just such an occasion. Poe's Dupin stories are cerebral but not charming. There is little here of atmosphere nor much banter. Upon reflection, there isn't much humanity at all on display. These are exercises, examples of
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Eric
Jul 27, 2009 rated it liked it
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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Fiona
Consider this a heads-up: there's going to be some classic detective literature lingering around my reading list for the next few months. And you can't write a potted history of it without starting vaguely in the vicinity of C. Auguste Dupin. (Actually, you probably can't start it without the Arabian Nights - don't worry, I didn't. But then I skipped forward to Poe.)

When I sat down to read Rue Morgue, I was all set to tick something off my list: a book I should have read years ago, but had never
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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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Fran
The mysteries themselves were well written, the endings unexpected. However I didn't care for this as an audio book. Accustomed to a cup (Sherlock and Watson, Poriot and Hastings) I didn't care for the narrator being referred to as "friend", there was no relationship, which made the connections to each story shallower.
Jackie
In my opinion, October is the perfect time to read some Poe, and since The Murders in the Rue Morgue is a story I've been wanting to read for quite some time, I've chosen this grey and cold Saturday afternoon to do so.

The Murders in the Rue Morgue, first published in 1841, is generally considered to be the first modern detective story. C. Auguste Dupin, a close friend of the narrator, solves a mysterious and most brutal murder case that took place in the Rue Morgue in Paris. Dupin does indeed ha
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Noran Miss Pumkin
Jun 04, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, audiobooks
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.
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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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
Elizabeth
Other authors of detective fiction owe so much to Poe. I can see, in these stories, certain elements that inspired other literary detectives, even the great Sherlock Holmes. Poe must have had it particularly rough, too, because he was writing for a genre that didn’t yet exist—a genre that these very stories helped define. These are great examples of detective fiction: logical, surprising, and meticulously well-crafted. There isn’t much here in terms of witty banter or character development, but ...more
Rickswan
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Amarante
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Excited as I was to have read Poe had actually "invented the genre of detective fiction" I started reading the Dupin Tales. These praises however are being sung too loudly. Poe may have made the genre more elaborate and popular, but the short stories in this collection's appendix (written by Voltaire, Vidocq and Leggett long before Poe as detective novels) are at least as nice as Poe's -with much fewer words and some of which even more satisfying than Poe's short stories.
The first short story I
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William Hosbein
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Brooke
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
My obsession with Bill Nighy continues... Would recommend listening to him narrate these three short detective stories.
Cameron Trost
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This was one of the first works of detective fiction written in English and, in my view, it still holds its place as one of the very best.
David
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Gotta love a book with the sentence: "You must have had occasion to observe how absolutely indispensable, of late years, to the thorough blackguard, has become the pocket-handerchief."
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
Nikki
Apr 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gabriel Soll
This was a fun and fascinating read on a few levels. First, it has been a looooooooong time since I have read anything of this era. The language is so different...so full of flourish...and in many ways very interesting. As a lawyer who frequently has to present written arguments, and a general lover of words, I found myself both interested and frustrated by the way Poe used language. Sometimes the sentences could have easily (and obviously) been condensed to more terse statements; however, I won ...more
Daniel
Nov 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008
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
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
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)
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, france
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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Andrew
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In terms of actual enjoyability, I'd rate this 3/5 or so. Perhaps it's my love of Poe in general or simply the fact that these stories had so much influence on the literary world (Doyle admits to having been inspired by these stories to write Sherlock Holmes, for example), but I felt an extra star was needed.

Though, on the subject of Doyle, that was my main problem--he simply did it better. Holmes is often seeped with details that Holmes goes on and on about (which is often very enjoyable), but
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Pippa
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
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
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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 hundreds of ...more

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