Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tales: The Purloined Letter


(originally published 1844-1845 in The Gift: A Christmas and New Year’s Present)

This is the third in a series of three detective stories starring Poe's character C. Auguste Dupin. It starts when the Prefect of Police recounts the case of a stolen letter to the amateur detective Dupin and the narrator (who happens to be with Dupin at the time). The Prefect has just finished a very scrupulous search for the letter, and has concluded that he is unable to find it. He believes the case is impossible to solve. A month later when he again visits Dupin, Dupin has the very letter in his possession. Dupin then explains how he found it.

Summary written by Taylor Colegrove, May 2011. Title links to the full text of the story.

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