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Edgar Allan Poe, American writer, poet, critic and essayist, may be best known for his tales of terror, but he is also widely acknowledged as the man who invented the modern detective story, since his early detective tales about C. Auguste Dupin created the path so many other mystery writers have followed. The first of these was "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." Dupin later appeared in "The Mystery of Marie Roget" and "The Purloined Letter." His brilliant detective whose sidekick narrated the stories surely influenced writers such as Arthur Conan Doyle. Visit his museum website here: Poe Museum.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a Scottish writer and medical doctor whose 1887 story, "A Study in Scarlet," introduced to the world the character of Sherlock Holmes, who is likely the most universally known detective in the history of mystery fiction worldwide. Doyle wrote 56 short stories and 4 novels featuring the 'World's Greatest Detective.' He also wrote the Professor Challenger series of novels, including "The Lost World," and a number of historical novels and other works. The Sherlock Holmes Museum has a website here: Holmes Museum.
Emile Gaboriau, French writer, novelist and journalist, also contributed to the modern mystery novel with the publication in 1866 of his book, "L'Affaire Lerouge," which featured an amateur detective and a police officer, Monsieur Lecoq, who was the lead character in 3 of Gaboriau's later novels. Most of this author's works may be found for downloading at Project Gutenberg, Gaboriau.
Wilkie Collins, a protege of Charles Dickens, wrote what many regard as the first great mystery novel, "The Woman in White," in 1859, as well as his 1868 detective novel, "The Moonstone." Read more about Collins at this website: Wilkie Collins Pages.
(no photo of Felix) Charles Felix, perhaps the pseudonym of Charles Warren Adams, wrote "The Notting Hill Mystery" a novel published in 8 parts in 1862. Many people have considered this book to be the first true detective novel.
Louisa Mae Alcott, wrote melodramas and gothic novels, but her 1863 book, "Pauline's Passion and Punishment," under the pen-name of A. M. Barnard is considered a mystery novel. Later in her career she wrote "Little Women," for which she is perhaps best known. Learn more about her here.
Agatha Christie, the English grande dame of the mystery novel whose 1920 book, "The Mysterious Affair at Styles," launched a long and highly successful career with more than two billion copies of her books sold in 100+ languages. Her characters, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot are classic detectives who rival Sherlock Holmes and have appeared in movies and on TV as well. Learn more about her life and work at this website: NNDB.com.
Dashiell Hammett, American writer best known for his hard-boiled detective novels, featuring such memorable and popular characters as Sam Spade ("The Maltese Falcon"), Nick and Nora Charles ("The Thin Man") and the Continental Op ("Red Harvest" and "The Dain Curse"). Hammett also wrote the novel, "The Glass Key" and more than 80 short stories. Learn more about him here.
Raymond Chandler, a Chicago born writer educated in England whose short story, "Blackmailers Don't Shoot," was published in Black Mask, a crime pulp magazine, and was followed by the landmark classic novel, "The Big Sleep" (1939). Five more novels followed, and Chandler also wrote a number of well-known screenplays mostly based on stories by other writers. Learn more about him here...and...here.
Earl Stanley Gardner, American lawyer and author of 82 mystery novels featuring his most famous character, Perry Mason, who also appeared in films and a long running TV series. Gardner also wrote 29 other books featuring the detective team of Bertha Cool and Donald Lam under the pseudonym of A. A. Fair, and 9 books about rural county District Attorney Doug Selby. He also wrote several books each about characters Terry Clane and Gramps Wiggins. Learn more about him here.
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