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Poe, Edgar Allan

Historians of the mystery story credit Edgar Allan Poe with the invention of both the fictional detective and the detective story. With the publication of “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” in 1841, Poe initiated a genre that has survived and prospered to this day. His creation, the detective Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin served as a model for many subsequent sleuths, and he introduced many of the staples of the detective story such as the locked room.