The Purloined Letter

by Edgar Allan Poe
Contributors: Jojo Karlin

"The Purloined Letter" is a short story by American author Edgar Allan Poe. It is the third of his three detective stories featuring the fictional C. Auguste Dupin, the other two being "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt". These stories are considered to be important early forerunners of the modern detective story. It first appeared in The Gift for 1845 (1844) and was soon reprinted in numerous journals and newspapers. Text prepared for Project Gutenberg.

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  • container title
    The Gift
  • original publisher
    Carey and Hart
  • original publisher place
    Philadelphia, PA
  • publisher
    CUNY GCDI
  • publisher place
    New York City
  • rights holder
    Public Domain