Wednesday, April 20, 2016
"Murders in the Rue Morgue" first detective story published 1841
What is considered to be the first detective story, "Murders in the Rue Morgue" was published by the master of horror, Edgar Allan Poe, April 20, 1841. The detective Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin, who solves a series of bizarre murders in Paris, is credited with inspiring great fictional detectives such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Dame Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot. Because Poe wrote the story, he is recognized by the Edgar Awards given annually by the Mystery Writers of America.
Poe's story has been brought to the screen numerous times. Here is the trailer for the 1932 version starring Bela Lugosi.