324 pages, Paperback
Master of the macabre and suspense, Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories have sent shivers down spines of generations of readers. Of these, arguably none are as chilling as The Dupin Mysteries. In ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Purloined Letter’ and ‘The Mystery of Marie Rogęt’ the shrewd amateur detective, Chevalier Auguste Dupin, embarks on some of the darkest and most suspenseful mysteries ever published.
Edgar Allan Poe - Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) ended his life in a state of dereliction and obscurity, in stark contrast to the immense significance, influence and quality of his work. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, his poems, short stories, novels and non-fiction explored the mysterious and macabre aspects of human nature, and his short crime stories helped to establish the entire genre in which talented and eccentric protagonists solve apparently impenetrable crimes through observation and deduction. He is perhaps best known today for his oft-quoted poem, The Raven.
Anthony Lejeune - Award winning broadcaster, journalist and author, read classics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was an exhibitioner in Greek.