Why do Poe’s "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" supposes the origin of one of the two American Detective Story traditions and does it how distance itself from the other?I need some help to orient...

Why do Poe’s "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" supposes the origin of one of the two American Detective Story traditions and does it how distance itself from the other?

I need some help to orient myself because I have no idea how the writing of one group or the other.
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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The first thing to consider is that the rationication tale "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" was written prior to the Arthur Conan Doyle writings, making this story the pioneer of the detectivesque genre. Hence, Poe is legitimately the original creator of the detective novel; a genre of which Arthur Conan Doyle is one of the main luminaries. Conan Doyle began his writing career in 1887 with A Study in Scarlet. It is evident that, from the first novel we find featuring the famous Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle gives due credit to Poe as his main inspiration to create the eccentric Holmes. In A Study in Scarlet, we find the most interesting dialogue right when Holmes and Watson meet for the first time. Watson tells Sherlock:

..."You remind me of Edgar Allan Poe's Dupin. I had no idea that such individuals did exist outside of stories."

To which Sherlock answers:

"No doubt you think that you are complimenting me in comparing me to Dupin,"..."Now, in my opinion, Dupin was a very inferior fellow...He had some analytical genius, no doubt; but he was by no means such a phenomenon as Poe appeared to imagine."

Therefore, Poe started the genre and inspired the main contributor which is Conan Doyle. Doyle's career lasted until his last publication in 1952.

The dubbed Golden Age of Mystery takes place from 1913 to 1944 (or around the first part of WW2). This period is defined as a very fructiferous one with Chesterton, Rinehart, and Bentley are its most distinguished. During this time Doyle contributed his "Professor Challenger" stories which are just as fascinating as those involving Sherlock.

"Black Mask" refers to another period of detective novel history known as the "crimeculture". Black Mask was a magazine launched in the 1920's featuring short stories about crime who people adored with the same fascination that modern viewers have for shows such as CSI. This time period of crimeculture was not the most qualitative in terms of the narrative and nature of the stories, but it was certainly quite quantitative as sales of the magazine were always proliferous.

Hence, the stories "The Murders of the Rue Morgue" and "Marie Roget", as the foundations of the detective novel certainly made the rules that would make the taxonomy of the novel of the Golden Age. At the same time, the ease of reading, the shortness of the pieces, and the fascination that these stories caused in readers resemble the crimeculture fascination of the magazine the Black Mask. In not so many words, "Rue Morgue" possesses the quality and strength of the Golden Age, and the readability and popularity of a Black Mask story. This is what is meant about conhttp://www.enotes.com/homework-help/hi-have-make-project-about-differences-between-421943?qadded=1forming to the styles of both eras.


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