Wednesday, January 26, 2011

ABC Investigates "Edgar Allan Poe: Detective"

ABC reports they have picked up a pitch for a new TV pilot, starring the character of American author 'Edgar Allan Poe' in a crime procedural, following Poe, as "the world's first detective as he uses 'unconventional' methods to investigate dark mysteries in 1840's Boston..."

Script is by Chris Hollier ("Alias").

Poe, who died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 40, was noted as a writer, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the 'American Romantic Movement'. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and considered the inventor of the detective-fiction genre.

Poe's early short stories featured Parisian detective 'C. Auguste Dupin', laying the groundwork for future detectives in literature. Poe's stories "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Man That Was Used Up", "The Mystery of Marie RogĂȘt" and "The Purloined Letter" all featured the meershaum pipe-smoking Dupin.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of detective sleuth "Sherlock Holmes" said, "Each of Poe's detective stories is a root from which a whole literature has developed. Where was the detective story until Poe breathed the breath of life into it?"

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