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<i>Purloined Letter, The</i>

James D. Hart

in The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

Published in print January 1986 | ISBN: 9780195047714
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9780199891030
Purloined Letter, The

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detective story by Poe, published in his Tales (1845).

The prefect of the Paris police visits C. Auguste Dupin, scholarly amateur detective, for advice on a baffling case concerning a cabinet minister who has gained power over, and consequently practiced blackmail upon, a royal lady from whom he has stolen a letter that she cannot have made public. After several months of elaborate search, the prefect concludes that the letter is not on the minister’s person or premises. ...

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