The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Edgar Allan Poe’s story about a detective solving a series of Paris murders, was published on April 20, 1841. This makes it the first known detective story. Mr. Poe, we salute you! As you can imagine, we have a lot of Poe’s work in the Library collections. Visit our website, look him up in our catalog, and get a book of Poe’s stories set aside for you at your local library!
The above image is “Drawn by William Oberhardt from a daguerrotype in possession of Poe’s family” and from the Billy Rose Theatre Collection photograph file at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.