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Auguste Dupin, investigator extraordinaire, was the remarkable creation of Edgar Allan Poe. Written in the 1840s, Poe presented the acutely observant, shrewd but idiosyncratic character who, with his chronicler, provided the inspiration for the more famous Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Here are the three Dupin stories together on one audiobook release.
in the Rue Morgue
The Mystery of Marie Rogêt
The Purloined Letter
The Dupin Stories
Read by Kerry Shale
Indisputably the father of the detective novel, Edgar Allan
Poe’s literary invention, Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin (first introduced in 1841),
whose favorite pastime is solving crimes, possesses all the essential
ingredients that we have come to expect from a fictional sleuth.
Poe’s three ‘Dupin’ stories display classic situations much
imitated by crime writers through the decades that followed.
The setting for the stories is Paris, which may give us a
clue as to Poe’s real-life model for Dupin. Vidocq was a criminal in Paris
during the late 18th century who, escaping twice from the galleys, had a high
reputation in the underworld. The equivocal moral nature of Vidocq fascinated
Poe, who weaves elements of his life and attitudes into the Dupin stories. Throughout,
there is the balance between the rational as exemplified by Dupin, and the
irrational as exemplified by the criminal. A chance result is ruled out by a
scientific approach making the solution conclusive.
In Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841), Poe presents us at once
with one of the key elements of so many subsequent detective novels, the
‘locked room mystery’ – no way in, and no way out: the doors and windows
securely fastened, yet a murder has been committed there and the perpetrator
In The Mystery of Marie Rogêt (1843), Poe takes the real
case of the murder of Mary Rogers from America, and fictionalizes it, changing
the setting to Paris. Dupin solves a case that had not been solved in reality
at the time the story was written, and Poe suggests that his methods could
perhaps be applied with positive results to the original case that inspired his
story. It is armchair ‘detection’, simply deducing the solution from the
material presented to him such as newspaper cuttings, police reports, etc. No legwork
The Purloined Letter (1844) contains another classic
situation of the detective genre, the most unlikely solution turning out to be
the correct one. When others are blind to the obvious it is Dupin who ‘sees’
Notes by David Timson
Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1809.
After his father deserted the family and his mother died of tuberculosis when
he was two, Poe was cared for by John and Frances Allan, hence his middle name.
Educated in a number of institutions but unable to fit in,
he enlisted in the military in 1827, rising to the rank of sergeant major.
Eager to conform, he went to West Point to train as an officer, but was
expelled due to his increasingly intemperate behavior. Though writing stories
on a regular basis by now, he was destitute.
In 1836 he controversially married his 13-year-old cousin,
who died of tuberculosis after six years of poverty with her husband. Never
able to recover from this loss, he descended into the maelstrom of drink and
drugs, becoming the haunted figure of his own imagination. It took another
generation after his death in 1849 to discover this lost genius, whose literary
skill had invented the genres of the detective story and science fiction.
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