This note accompanies the follow episode(s):
The Writer’s Almanac for April 20, 2017: Praise Be

Apr. 20, 2017: published: The Murders in the Rue Morgue

In 1841, on this daythe first detective story was published. In his story The Murders in the Rue Morgue, published in Graham’s MagazineEdgar Allan Poe (books by this author) created mystery’s first fictional detective, C. Auguste Dupin. The story introduced many of the elements of mysteries that are still popular today: the genius detective, the not-so-smart sidekick, the plodding policeman, and the use of the red herring to lead readers off the track.