What are the similarities and differences between Edgar Allan Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when it comes to their writing styles, themes, and their method of “crime-solving” throughout their stories?
Arthur Conan Doyle did not shy away from acknowledging the influences upon his own writings—notably his American predecessor Edgar Allan Poe. Conan Doyle famously noted at one point that Poe’s detective stories represented “a model for all time.” Poe only wrote a few murder mysteries that would prove comparable to the later works of Conan Doyle, which centered on the latter’s fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Poe’s detective, Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin, appeared first in "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," which was followed by "The Mystery of Marie Roget" and "The Purloined Letter." "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is considered the father of the modern detective story, and Conan Doyle’s homages to his predecessor were unmistakable, especially in the first of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries, A Study in Scarlet , in which Holmes’ new acquaintance-turned-closest-friend-and-confidant and the series’ narrator, John Watson, M.D., describes his early impression of...
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