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I’m spending a quiet afternoon surfing the web, blogging, reading my library book about Edgar Allan Poe and listening to soft classical music on the radio. For some reason sports, the news and rock ‘n’ roll are not conducive to reading Poe.
I’ve been flat on my back on the sofa with two pillows under my weary head reading “The Murders of the Rue Morgue” in the Annotated Poe, edited by Kevin J. Hayes. It’s a big, beautiful book with lots of illustrations and photographic copies of original daguerreotypes. The following is a small sample of what Mr. Hayes printed in the margin at the beginning of the story:
With “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841), Poe invented the modern detective story and introduced readers to sleuth C. Auguste Dupin, the original Sherlock Holmes…This was the dawn of scientific police work. The world’s first professional police force had been created in London only a dozen years before the publication of “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.”…His tale…anticipates nearly all of the important motifs of detective fiction: the astute consulting detective who operates by both logic and intuition; his dependable partner and foil; a plodding, largely ineffectual police force, the careful examination of the crime scene; the reliance on scientific methods; and the surprising solution to the mystery…
You know you can’t beat that with a stick! I’m a big fan of Edgar Allan Poe, his work not his personal life. Now back to our story. It’s a long one.
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
Hail to Pitt!
PS Edgar Allan Poe was one of the first writers to try to make a living by his writing. He was often broke. I can empathize. But, hey, I chose this life. And I’m not going to give it up any time soon. I’m too legit to quit.