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Edgar Allen Poe wrote Murders In the Rue Morgue in 1841. It is considered one of the first detective stories. His detective Dupin loves to solve puzzles. He is very analytical. Poe put some of himself into Dupin. Poe also loved puzzles. He published many puzzles and codes to decipher in the Southern Literary Magazine. He even challenged readers to send in puzzles or codes for him to solve. The victims in this story are women. Poe was not a stranger to grief. He lost his mother at a young age and his adoptive mother. He would later lose his young wife. These deaths play a large part in shaping his work. Dupin solves the mystery through analytical thinking. His brains won out over the brawn and sheer brute force of the Orangutan. Poe, being a great writer and thinker proved brains win over brawn.
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