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Poe's detective stories featuring C. Auguste Dupin influenced many later mystery writers, most notably Sir Arthur Conan Doyle whose Sherlock Holmes eventually eclipsed Poe's Dupin. The Complete Sherlock Holmes: All Four Novels and 56 Short Stories, published by Bantam Classic and Loveswept in 1998, demonstrates Doyle's mastery of the genre.
Investigative methods have advanced considerably since the mid-nineteenth century. Greg Fallis' s Just the Facts, Ma'am: A Writer's Guide to Investigators and Investigation Techniques, published in 1998 by Writer's Digest Books, details the modern techniques that police use when conducting investigations, as well as the personal traits needed to become a successful investigator today.
In more recent detective fiction, female private investigators have joined the field. One of the most notable is by Sue Grafton, whose alphabet series of mysteries—featuring the gutsy female private investigator, Kinsey Millhone—are some of the most popular. The series starts with A is for Alibi, published in 1987 by Crime Line. In this novel, Millhone is hired by a woman who has served time in prison for murdering her husband but who wants Millhone to find the real killer.
Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, originally published in 1930 and reprinted by Vintage books in 1992, is the author's masterpiece in the genre of hard-boiled fiction, a type of detective literature that he himself created. His stories featured tough private detectives who solved mysteries in gritty, dark, urban backgrounds.
Published in 1984 by The Library of America, Edgar Allan Poe: Essays and Reviews, edited by G. R. Thompson, contains three of Poe's essential essays and reviews, including "The Philosophy of Composition." Originally published in 1846, this landmark essay laid out the rules Poe followed when writing his famous poem, "The Raven." These rules were adopted by many other nineteenth-century poets.
The Illustrated Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, published by Gramercy in 2001, features some of Poe's best-loved poems, accompanied by the romantic illustrations of Edmund Dulac.
Although Poe is generally known for his poetry and his supernatural, horror, and mystery short stories, he also wrote one novel: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Referred to by Jorge Luis Borges as "Poe's greatest work,'' the Gothic novel—which details the fantastic and horrific adventures of a stowaway aboard a whaling ship—was originally published in 1838