Review: The Purloined Letter

The Purloined LetterBook Review
3+ of 5 stars to The Purloined Letter, a short story written in 1844, by Edgar Allan Poe. One of the most interesting facts about this story is that it involves Poe’s detective Dupin, who also appear in The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Unlike the Rue Morgue, this mystery contains not gore or horror; it’s pure mystery without the overall Gothic depths Poe usually goes to in his literary works. At its core, the story is about a letter that’s gone missing, possibly stolen, having changed hands a number of times. Poe’s narrator discussed with Dupin all the potential suspects, ruling out everyone but the obvious one. And so, Dupin sets up a test to prove it. As you delve deeper into the story, you begin to question your own view of thievery and the moral codes of “teaching someone a lesson.” Many believe the mystery remains unsolved at the end of this one… and while I would tend to agree, it’s still a very artful approach to telling the story. It also helped push the mystery genre into more analytical thinking as opposed to true action-based, cut-and-dry physical tracking down of clues. Definite short read for any fans of this genre. And good to compare to other of Poe’s works to see the real meaning of the Gothic style of writing.

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