Apr 20, 2011

April 20, 1841: ‘Rue Morgue’ Paves Way for Detective Genre

(Wired) 1841: Mad literary genius and theorist Edgar Allan Poe publishes “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” in Graham’s Magazine, launching the detective story into popular culture and acclaim.
The prolific Poe was born in Boston in 1809, and eventually died under mysterious circumstances in Baltimore in 1849. But, in the United States, he was known better during his life as a literary critic than a craftsman, though more famous in Europe for his fiction. Continued