The beautiful cigar girl; Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Rogers, and the invention of murder
The beautiful cigar girl; Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Rogers, and the invention of murder.
Stashower (mystery writer and Edgar Award-winning biographer of Arthur Conan Doyle) tells the sensational real-life story of the 1841 murder of Mary Rogers, New York City’s “beautiful cigar girl”–along with the real-life story of how Edgar Allen Poe transformed the crime into the short story that would invent modern detective fiction and that he hoped would turn his failing career around. During the decline of his wife’s health and particular personal hardship, Poe expanded his character C. Auguste Dupin’s passion and talent for deductive reasoning to compose the longer-than-usual “The Mystery of Mary Roget,” debuting the formula that would find its literary legacy in Sherlock Holmes and others.
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