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Edgar Allan Poe and the Murder of Mary Rogers by Daniel Stashower

Edgar Allan Poe and the Murder of Mary Rogers

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Edgar Allan Poe and the Murder of Mary Rogers by Daniel Stashower

On July 28, 1841, the battered body of a woman was discovered in the Hudson River. The victim was Mary Rogers, a young beauty whose death sent Manhattan into a spasm of horror and outrage. It would also inspire one of the greatest authors of a generation to write The Mystery of Marie Roget and thereby create an entirely new style of literature - the true crime novel. This book retraces Edgar Allan Poe's steps as he sets out to solve the case, providing a tale of intrigue, suspense, and shattered reputations. Stashower reveals the drama of New York in the 1840s, complete with roving gangs, corrupt journalists, and an unregulated police force utterly unprepared for the baffling crime that transformed a city.


'Stashower makes the past so vivid you feel as if you must have been there and walked these streets yourself.'

- Anne Perry, author of Dark Assassin

About the Author

Daniel Stashower is the author of highly acclaimed biography of Arthur Conan Doyle Teller of Tales (Allen Lane, 2001), which won the Edgar Award for Best Biographical Work. He is a recipient of the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective and Crime Fiction Writing, and lives with his wife and two sons in Washington, DC.

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Publication date

1st July 2011


Daniel Stashower

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Oneworld Publications


352 pages


Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
True crime



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