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My edition: Edgar Allan Poe: The Complete Tales and Poems. Book House Publishing, 2016. Format; Kindle Edition. File Size: 7574 KB. Print Length: 390 pages. ASIN: B01IGCB1HE.

27031468The Oblong Box” is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published on August 28, 1844, in the Dollar Newspaper in Philadelphia. MTG Mox Amber Dominaria DOM 224 269 Promo FOIL Japanese NMThe unnamed narrator of The Oblong Box, while on a sea journey from Charleston, S. C., to New York City, aboard the packet-ship Independence, becomes unusually curious about an oblong pine box that is kept in the state room of an old fellow student at C– University, Cornelius Wyatt . . .

My Take: I first have to thank my friend and fellow blogger Xavier Lechard (At the Villa Rose) who, in a comment to my last blog post, tells me: “There is actually a sixth tale of ratiocination, The Oblong Box, which is much less frequently anthologized and thus more obscure than the other five. I myself have discovered it only this year despite being a Poe fan since my teenage years. It doesn’t have a detective but it is a mystery nevertheless, complete with a puzzle, several clues and a solution that while obvious today must have been a knockout at the time. It is for my money Poe’s best and most rewarding effort in the genre and certainly the most palatable to a modern audience.” And, without thinking twice, I rushed to read it.

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I have enjoyed it very much and, more importantly, I have started to develop an interest for Poe. For this reason, I look forward to reading him more in a not so distant futureLAST & VERY RARE AeroClassics 1 400 TAA Trans Australia Airlines Boeing 727. Stay tuned.

I couldn’t resist myself the temptation of copying the narration of the shipwreck here:

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In this trim we rode safely enough for forty-eight hours–the ship proving herself an excellent sea-boat in many respects, and shipping no water of any consequence. At the end of this period, however, the gale had freshened into a hurricane, and our after– sail split into ribbons, bringing us so much in the trough of the water that we shipped several prodigious seas, one immediately after the other. FG-1 Corsair US Naval ReserveBy this accident we lost three men overboard with the caboose, and nearly the whole of the larboard bulwarks. Scarcely had we recovered our senses, before the foretopsail went into shreds, when we got up a storm staysail and with this did pretty well for some hours, the ship heading the sea much more steadily than before.

PITTS SPECIAL Herr .074 to .15 Fuel Powered Balsa Wood Model Airplane KitThe gale still held on, however, and we saw no signs of its abating. The rigging was found to be ill-fitted, and greatly strained; and on the third day of the blow, about five in the afternoon, our mizzen-mast, in a heavy lurch to windward, went by the board. For an hour or more, we tried in vain to get rid of it, on account of the prodigious rolling of the ship; and, before we had succeeded, the carpenter came aft and announced four feet of water in the hold. To add to our dilemma, we found the pumps choked and nearly useless.

All was now confusion and despair–but an effort was made to lighten the ship by throwing overboard as much of her cargo as could be reached, and by cutting away the two masts that remained. This we at last accomplished–but we were still unable to do any thing at the pumps; and, in the meantime, the leak gained on us very fast.

At sundown, the gale had sensibly diminished in violence, and as the sea went down with it, we still entertained faint hopes of saving ourselves in the boats. Official Wizards of The Coast Signed Raoul Vitale Mox Emerald PlayMatAt eight P. M., the clouds broke away to windward, and we had the advantage of a full moon–a piece of good fortune which served wonderfully to cheer our drooping spirits.

After incredible labor we succeeded, at length, in getting the longboat over the side without material accident, and into this we crowded the whole of the crew and most of the passengers. This party made off immediately, and, after undergoing much suffering, finally arrived, in safety, at Ocracoke Inlet, on the third day after the wreck.

My rating: A+ (Don’t delay, get your hands on a copy of this book)

About the author: Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) was one of the most original writers in the history of American letters, a genius who was tragically misunderstood in his lifetime. Built AFV Club German Sd.Kfz.251 17 Ausf.C Commander WWII 1 35 FREE ShippingHe was a seminal figure in the development of science fiction and the detective story, and exerted a great influence on Dostoyevsky,RARE Magic Model 1 400 Gulf Falcon Boeing 747-136 3C-GFB Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, and Charles Baudelaire, who championed him long before Poe was appreciated in his own country. Baudelaire’s enthusiasm brought Poe a wide audience in Europe, and his writing came to have enormous importance for modern French literature. (Source: Fantastic Fiction). The Mystery Writers of America have named their awards for excellence in the genre the “Edgars.”

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“La caja oblonga” de Edgar Allan Poe

“La caja oblonga” es un relato breve de Edgar Allan Poe, publicado por primera vez el 28 de agosto de 1844, en el Dollar Newspaper de Philadelphia. El narrador anónimo de “La caja oblonga,Hauler 1 72 FuSE-65 WURZBURG-RIESE Radar P72024 durante una travesía marítima desde Charleston, SC, a la ciudad de Nueva York, a bordo del paquebote Independence, se vuelve inusitadamente curioso sobre una caja de pino oblonga que se guarda en el camarote de un antiguo compañero de estudios en la Universidad de C–, Cornelius Wyatt . . .

Mi opinión: Primero tengo que agradecer a mi amigo y compañero bloguero Xavier Lechard (At the Villa Rose) quien, en un comentario a la última publicación de mi blog, me dice: “En realidad hay un sexto relato de raciocinio, “La caja oblonga”, que es con mucho menos frecuencia comentado y, por tanto, más oscuro que los otros cinco. Huki US Zone Tedesco Tin Litho Frizione Jet Aeroplano Hk-555 Aereo Metallo MotorYo mismo lo descubrí solo este año a pesar de ser un fanático de Poe desde mi adolescencia. No tiene detective alguno sin embargo es un misterio, con un enigma, varias pistas y una solución que, aunque obvia hoy, debe haber sido sensacional en su momento. Es para mi el mejor y más gratificante esfuerzo de Poe en el género y ciertamente el más aceptable para una audiencia moderna.” Y, sin pensarlo dos veces, me apresuré a leerlo.

Como Xavier afirma correctamente “La caja oblonga” no es propiamente, como Poe lo contó,1x Nexus of Fate - Russian Foil, Core Set 2019 Buy-a-Box, NM la historia de un crimen. No obstante, la trama se basa en parte en el asesinato del impresor Samuel Adams por John C. Colt, que reemplazó a la muerte de Mary Rogers como el principal tema sensacionalista en la prensa estadounidense.

Lo he disfrutado mucho y, lo que es más importante, he comenzado a desarrollar un interés por Poe. Por esta razón, espero leerlo más en un futuro no muy lejano. Manténganse al tanto.

Sobre el autor: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) fue uno de los escritores más originales en la historia de las letras estadounidenses, un genio que fue trágicamente incomprendido en su vida. Fue una figura fundamental en el desarrollo de la ciencia ficción y de la novela policiaca, y ejerció una gran influencia en Dostoievsky, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne y Charles Baudelaire, que lo defendieron mucho antes de que Poe fuera apreciado en su propio país.Phoenix 1 400 Qantas Boeing 787-9 VH-ABC (PH10453) Die-Cast Model Plane El entusiasmo de Baudelaire le reportó a Poe numeroso público en Europa, y sus escritos llegaron a tener una enorme importancia en la literatura francesa moderna. (Fuente: Fantastic Fiction) Los premios que otorga la Asociación de Escritores de Misterio de Estados Unidos (Mystery Writers of America, MWA), por los méritos asumidos en distintas categorías: mejor novela, mejor ópera prima, mejor autor del año, etcétera, llevan el nombre de Premio Edgar, en su memoria.

Por cierto si tienen ustedes ocasión no se pierdan la magnífica traducción al castellano que hizo Julio Cortazar de Cuentos de Edgar Allan Poe publicada en 1956 por Ediciones de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, en colaboración con la Revista de Occidente, con el título de Obras en Prosa. Cuentos de Edgar Allan Poe. La actual edición de Alianza Editorial ha sido revisada y corregida por el traductor. Primera edición en “El libro de bolsillo”, 1970. Merece la pena.

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Orion, Crime Masterworks, 2002. Book Format: Paperback. 176 pages. ISBN: 9780752847702

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The Murders in the Rue Morgue” is a short story published in Graham’s Magazine in 1841. It has been described as the first modern detective story. Poe referred to it as one of his “tales of ratiocination”. The story, told by an unnamed narrator, revolves around the mystery of the brutal murder of two women. An old woman Mrs. Award Winner Built Trumpeter 1 35 Modernized Desert T-90MS MBT +PEL’Espanaye, and her daughter mademoiselle Camille L’Espanaye, living alone in an old house in the Rue Morgue, were killed one day in the middle of the night. The neighbours had woke up upon hearing the cries of terror that were coming from the house. When no one answered their calls, they forced the door open and rushed in. Trumpeter 1 32 TRU 02227 P-38L-5-L0 Lightning Model Aircraft KitTwo voices seemed to come from above. The group of neighbours looked into one by one all the rooms but they found nothing until reaching the fourth floor. There they run into a door that was securely closed, with the key inside. They forced the door and inside they encountered the macabre scene of the two women murdered, but there was no one else. Some witnesses who claimed to have listen two male voices –one low and soft and the other one hard, did not agree in the language of the latter one. Though it was certainly not French, like the first voice.

The Mystery of Marie Rogêt”, often subtitled “A Sequel to The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, is a short story that was first published in Snowden’s Ladies’ Companion in three instalments, November and December 1842 and February 1843. Poe referred to it as one of his “tales of ratiocination”. BATMAN VS SUPERMAN Model BATWING DieCast Scale 1 32 JADA TOYS Model + batmanThis is the first murder mystery based on the details of a real crime. C. Auguste Dupin and his assistant, the unnamed narrator, undertake the unsolved murder of Marie Rogêt in Paris. The body of Rogêt, a perfume shop employee, is found in the Seine, and the press takes a keen interest in the mystery. Dupin uses the newspaper cuttings to get into the mind of the murderer.

The Purloined Letter” is the third of Poe’s  three detective stories featuring the fictional C. Auguste Dupin. It first appeared in the literary annual The Gift for 1845 (1844) and was soon reprinted in numerous journals and newspapers. The unnamed narrator is discussing with the famous Parisian amateur detective C. Auguste Dupin some of his most celebrated cases when they are joined by the Prefect of the Police, a man known as G—. The Prefect has a case he would like to discuss with Dupin. A letter has been stolen from the boudoir of an unnamed woman by the unscrupulous Minister D—. It is said to contain compromising information. D— was in the room, saw the letter, and switched it for a letter of no importance. Thus he will be able to use the content of the letter, now in his possession, to master to his whim the victim’s will.

The Gold-Bug” is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe published in 1843. The plot follows William Legrand, who was bitten by a gold-coloured bug. MTG magic cards 1x x1 NM-Mint, English Spellbook - Foil 7th EditionHis servant Jupiter fears that Legrand is going insane and goes to Legrand’s friend, an unnamed narrator, who agrees to visit his old friend. Legrand pulls the other two into an adventure after deciphering a secret message that will lead to a buried treasure. The story, set on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, is often compared with Poe’s “tales of ratiocination” as an early form of detective fiction. Poe submitted “The Gold-Bug” as an entry to a writing contest sponsored by the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper.Figure Tamashii Nations Robot Spirits Gipsy Avenger Pacific Rim Uprising SB His story won the grand prize and was published in three instalments, beginning in June 1843. The prize also included $100, probably the largest single sum that Poe received for any of his works. “The Gold-Bug” was an instant success and was the most popular and most widely read of Poe’s works during his lifetime. It also helped popularize cryptograms and secret writing.

Thou Art the Man”, originally titled “Thou Art the Man!”, is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1844. It is an early experiment in detective fiction, like “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, though it is generally considered an inferior story. The plot involves a man wrongfully accused of murdering his uncle Barnabas Shuttleworthy, whose corpse is missing. An unnamed narrator finds the body and draws up quite a complex plan to unmask the culprit.

My take: It’s curious, to say the least, to observe how one reading leads us to another one. In this case, although I’ve read “The Murders In the Rue Morgue” before –see my review 15-Ultra Mint Exodia set, Mirror Force, Sarcophagus, Dark Magician YGLD-ENB02, I arrived at this book after reading El cuento policial (The detective story), a lecture given by Jorge Luis Borges at the University of Belgrano in Argentina on 16 June 1978 where he said: 

“Todo eso ya está en ese primer relato policial que escribió Poe, sin saber que inauguraba un género, llamado “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (Los crímenes de la calle Morgue). Poe no quería que el género policial fuera un género realista, Revell 1 35 LCM3 50ft. Landing Craft ; Jeep + Trailer 03000quería que fuera un género intelectual, un género fantástico si ustedes quieren, pero un género fantástico de la inteligencia, no de la imaginación solamente; JC Wings JC2SVA002 - 1 200 Saudia L-1011-500 TriStar HZ-HM5 - mint in boxde ambas cosas desde luego, pero sobre todo de la inteligencia. “

“All that is already in that first detective story that Poe wrote, without knowing that he was inaugurating a genre, called “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”. Poe didn’t want the detective genre to be a realistic genre, he wanted it to be an intellectual genre, a fantastic genre if you want, but a fantastic genre of intelligence, not just imagination; of both things of course, but especially intelligence.” (My free translation)

And that encouraged me to read what Borges called los cinco ejemplos que Poe nos dejó (The five examples Poe left us). 

However, the question of whether the detective story begins with Poe has no unanimous support, as Julian Symons points out: 

“Historians of the detective story are divided between those who say that there could be no detective stories until organized police and detective forces existed, and those who find examples of rational deduction in sources as various as the Bible and Voltaire, and suggest that these were early puzzles in detection. For the first group the detective story begins with Edgar Allan Poe, for the second its roots are in the beginning of recorded history.” (Bloody Murder).

On this occasion, I tend to agree with Symons when he elaborates “that those who search for fragments of detection in the Bible and Herodotus are looking only for puzzles. The puzzle is vital to the detective story but it is not a detective story in itself, and its place in crime literature generally is comparatively small.”

Once settled this extreme, I’ve no problem in accepting Poe as the initiator of a new genre called today detective fiction. 1 Forcefield - Beta MtG Magic Artifact Rare old school 93 94We may find other forerunners, but none other like Poe devoted himself also to reflect upon the skills needed to solve crimes or mysteries whose resolution appears to be impossible.Future Carta Buddyfight TCG - Driven To Disorder Booster x 30 Not to mention that, with C. Auguste Dupin character, Poe set the pattern of the great detectives (Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot) that came next.

My favourite, of the five short stories, is “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, closely followed by “The Purloined Letter”. “The Gold-Bug” is worth reading. “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt”, extends much in boring explanations in my view. And “Thou Art the Man” is, perhaps, the weakest of the lot. But they are a brief read and, in view of what they represent, I felt the need to read them, and I don’t regret about it.

My rating: A+ (Don’t delay, get your hands on a copy of this book)

About the author: Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) was one of the most original writers in the history of American letters, a genius who was tragically misunderstood in his lifetime.Tamiya 1 35 US Self-Propelled 155mm Gun M40 Plastic Model Kit 35351 TAM35351 He was a seminal figure in the development of science fiction and the detective story, and exerted a great influence on Dostoyevsky, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, and Charles Baudelaire, who championed him long before Poe was appreciated in his own country. Baudelaire’s enthusiasm brought Poe a wide audience in Europe, MTG JAPANESE FOIL ONSLAUGHT FUTURE SIGHT MINT EDH MAGIC THE GATHERING CARD blueEand his writing came to have enormous importance for modern French literature. (Source: Fantastic Fiction). The Mystery Writers of America have named their awards for excellence in the genre the “Edgars.”

The Murders in the Rue Morgue has been reviewed at Past Offences, and Mysteries Ahoy!, among others.

Many of Poe’s works are available from Project Gutenberg

Read more about Poe biography at gadetection.

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Los crímenes de la calle Morgue y otras historias de Edgar Allan Poe

Descripción del libro: En tan solo cinco historias publicadas entre 1841 y 1845, Edgar Allan Poe sentó la mayoría de las bases del relato policial. En los tres cuentos protagonizados por el caballero C. Auguste Dupin (“Los crímenes de la calle Morgue”, “El misterio de Marie Rogêt” y “La carta robada”) creó al prototipo del Gran Detective, sin mencionar el misterio del cuarto cerrado, el concepto del investigador de salón y el cuento del servicio secreto; 1 18 Scale 1 24 Scale DIECAST DIORAMA OLD COUNTRY STORE GAS STATION UNFINISHED“El escarabajo de oro” gira en torno al uso de mensajes codificados; y “Tú eres el hombre” hace uso de pistas falsas y del sospechoso menos probable.

Por cierto si tienen ustedes ocasión no se pierdan la magnífica traducción al castellano que hizo Julio Cortazar de los relatos de Edgar Allan Poe. Merece la pena.