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The Murders in the Rue Morgue

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First publication
1841 in Graham's Magazine

First book publication
1845 in collection Tales

Type of publication
Story

Genres
Crime, mystery, horror

Writing language
English

Author's country
United States

Length
Approx. 15,000 words

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

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Notable lines

First line

The mental features discoursed of as the analytical, are, in themselves, but little susceptible of analysis. We appreciate them only in their effects.

Passages

"A madman," I said, "has done this deed—some raving maniac, escaped from a neighbouring Maison de Santé."

The analytical power should not be confounded with simple ingenuity; for while the analyst is necessarily ingenious, the ingenious man is often remarkably incapable of analysis.

It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.

...our friend the Prefect is somewhat too cunning to be profound. In his wisdom is no stamen. It is all head and no body, like the pictures of the Goddess Laverna—or, at best, all head and shoulders, like a codfish.

Last lines

"I like him especially for one master stroke of cant, by which he has attained his reputation for ingenuity. I mean the way he has 'de nier ce qui est, et d'expliquer ce qui n'est pas.'"

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