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Mystery of Marie Rogêt


The Mystery of Marie Rogêt often subtitled A Sequel to "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe written in 1842. Although it also focuses on Dupin’s solving of crime primarily from newspaper reports, is actually based on the murder of a young girl, Mary Cecilia Rogers, near New York City. Because the crime had not been solved when Poe wrote the story, he made use of the facts of the case to tell a story of the murder of a young Parisian girl, Marie Rogêt, as a means of demonstrating his superior deductive ability. The story ostensibly begins two years after the events of “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” when the prefect of police, having failed to solve the Marie Rogêt case himself, worries about his reputation and asks Dupin for help. Dupin’s method is that of the classic armchair detective; he gathers all the copies of the newspapers that have accounts of the crime and sets about methodically examining each one. He declares the case more intricate than that of the Rue Morgue because, ironically, it seems so simple. One of the elements of the story that makes it less popular than the other two Dupin tales is the extensive analysis of the newspaper articles in which Dupin engages, an analysis that makes the story read more like an article critical of newspaper techniques than a narrative story. You can listen online to free English audiobook “Mystery of Marie Rogêt” by Edgar Allan Poe on our website.

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