Friday, April 20, 2012

Birth of the slueth

On this date in 1841, C. Auguste Dupin was introduced to the world.

What's that? You've never heard of Dupin? For shame.

Dupin is the detective with super deductive powers who solves a variety of near-unsolvable crimes. "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" was Dupin's first appearance, published April 20, 1841 in "Graham's Magazine."

What am I doing talking about a detective story, you ask? The man behind the pen was none other than Edgar Allan Poe.

Dupin preceded Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot and every other hackneyed gumshoe you can think of.

Given this, I'm a bit sad that "The Raven," starring John Cusack, hits theaters next Friday instead of today. But as my wife Savannah said, "Do you think there was anyone nerdy enough in that movie to that?"

I'd like to think so.

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