Daguerreotype by W.S. Hartshorn 1848;


257 There came into many a burgher's pate
258 A text which says that heaven's gate
259 Opes to the rich at as easy rate
260 As the needle's eye takes a camel in!

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Other Poe works written in Philadelphia include his second detective story, "The Mystery of Marie Roget," "The Black Cat," and "The Gold-Bug" — which won a prize in The Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper in 1843. Puzzle-lovers particularly should read this classic featuring cryptograms and conundrums.


[In vol. 1, no. 1 (04 January 1845), pp. 4-8:]

28 ``You hope, because you're old and obese,29 ``To find in the furry civic robe ease?
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281 Nor suffered they hostelry or tavern
282 To shock with mirth a street so solemn;
283 But opposite the place of the cavern
284 They wrote the story on a column,
285 And on the great church-window painted
286 The same, to make the world acquainted
287 How their children were stolen away,
288 And there it stands to this very day.


Syntax: Word order and sentence structure.

The birth of a genre — the detective story — occurred when published Poe's story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." Poe called his new work an example of "ratiocination," or the process of exact thinking. Howard Haycraft, in his critique of gumshoe lit, "Murder for Pleasure," noted that many of the conventions of detective tales and modus operandi of sleuths from Sherlock Holmes to Miss Marple, and from Jessica Fletcher to Columbo, are to be found in Poe's genre-creating tale.

And again -- from the song of a tree-spirit, in the "Drama of Exile:"

In part due to Poe's literary acumen, became a big player in the literary world of the mid-19th century. Graham hired prominent editors such as Poe and Rufus Griswold. In turn good editors and good pay attracted top-notch authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, and Oliver Wendell Holmes to

undoubtedly, that it is nonsense, and no more; or of


119 From street to street he piped advancing,
120 And step for step they followed dancing,
121 Until they came to the river Weser
122 Wherein all plunged and perished!

again, unquestionably, that it is nonsense, and nothing beyond.

(In Poe's will he named Griswold as his literary executor. Two days after Poe's death Griswold authored a slanderous "memorial" piece in The New York Tribune attacking Poe's character. Later, while editing Poe's work, Griswold rewrote many of Poe's letters and likely forged other letters entirely. Poe's literary reputation suffered for years because of Poe's poor choice of an executor who was likely jealous of a far superior talent.)