On this day in 1841, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” published
April 20, 2024
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 20 of April, repeating indefinitely
On April 20, 1841, one of the earliest detective stories, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” was published. It is widely held as one of the most important modern detective stories in the English-speaking world, preceding the works of both Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. 🔎 🔦 🗝 🕰
Paving the way for some of our favorite mysteries, Poe’s story features a seemingly unsolvable case and an eccentric genius detective with great powers of deduction. Sound familiar?
Still Life with Pipe and an Issue of the Courier Journal, Carolus Brenner, 1883