If Sherlock Had Given Birth to Poe (I Scoff)

Making circles today on the Internet is the trailer for “The Raven.” Many are saying that Poe is cast as a Sherlock Holmes character.

Watch the trailer on Apple.com/trailers – http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/theraven/

Holmes first appeared in publication in 1887. Thus, I scoff at the notion that Poe is cast as a Sherlock Holmes character. Edgar lived between January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849, before Holmes was written.

Poe was one of the earliest American writers of the short story. He is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre in the West. Poe is also credited with contributing to the then emerging genre of science fiction. (2011, Wikipedia)

There is debate over the origins of detective fiction. I am not going to discuss this history. However, “Detective fiction, as we know it today, truly began in 1841 when Edgar Allan Poe introduced Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin in the short story The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Two women were brutally murdered in a baffling and grotesque manner, the police appear baffled, Dupin leads his own investigation and succeeds were the regular authorities have failed, so setting in stone the basis of countless detective fiction novels to come.

Some suggest that Voltaire’s Zadig was the catalyst, though whilst not without some foundation, most agree that it was Poe who initially brought all the main ingredients together for the first time in his tales of ratiocination (2004, R.D. Collins). ”

And I mean no disrespect to Sherlock Holmes or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I just wanted to clear up some lack of historical research by some individuals.


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