• Martin Priestman


Edgar Allan Poe invented the detective story. He also virtually invented the English short story itself, as well as propounding an anti-didactic, anti-mimetic theory of ‘the poem for the poem’s sake’ which looked forward to the aesthetic concentrations and distillations of early modernism. The connections between these facts will be a continuing concern of this book, and accordingly I propose to approach Poe’s detective fiction first by way of his literary theory and then by way of his more general practice as a writer of short stories.


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  1. 1.
    See Richard Wilbur, ‘Edgar Allan Poe’ in his Responses (New York and London, 1976) p. 59.Google Scholar
  2. 8.
    See Roman Jakobson, ‘Two Aspects of Language and Two Types of Aphasic Disturbance’, in Roman Jakobson and Morris Halle, Fundamentals of Language (The Hague and Paris, 1956 and 1971) pp. 90–6.Google Scholar
  3. 9.
    See John Walsh, Poe the Detective: The Curious Circumstances Behind ‘The Mystery of Marie Roger’ (New Brunswick, 1968).Google Scholar

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© Martin Priestman 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Priestman
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  1. 1.Roehampton Institute of Higher EducationUK

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