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Early Crime Fiction  

A look into information and resources about three early crime fiction writers that shaped the genre as it grew into a popular subgenre of fiction.
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Important Early Writers

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)


History of Crime Fiction

Crime Fiction became a legitimate subgenre in the early 19th century, and several prominent writers were the reason for the rise in favoriticism amongst readers. Edgar Allen Poe is most often noted as the father of crime writing with stories like "The Cask of Amontillado" and most importantly "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" in which readers are encouraged to try to solve the mystery themselves before the narrator explains how everything happened. Following Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries set a new prescedent for readers and readers were intrigued. Doyle presented readers with a detective to follow in the footsteps of and solved cases with deduction and elimination. After Doyle, in what is considered the Golden Age of detective or crime fiction, came Agatha Christie whose writing, along with others, began to create a typical plot that modern writers have continued to follow and expand upon even today.

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