The Beautiful Cigar Girl

The Beautiful Cigar Girl

Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder

Book - 2007
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On July 28, 1841, the body of Mary Rogers, a twenty-year-old cigar girl, was found floating in the Hudson-and New York's unregulated police force proved incapable of solving the crime. One year later, a struggling writer named Edgar Allan Poe decided to take on the case-and sent his fictional detective, C. Auguste Dupin, to solve the baffling murder of Mary Rogers in The Mystery of Marie Rogers .
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2007, c2006
Edition: Berkley trade pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780425217825
0425217825
Branch Call Number: 813.3 Poe -S
Characteristics: 386 p. : ill

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February 2014. A historical true crime thriller that inspired Edgar Allan Poe's short story, 'The Mystery of Marie Roget'.


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CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 21, 2018

The 1841 murder of a beautiful young woman piqued the interest of Edgar Allan Poe. The gruesome details of the murder, and the subsequent investigation became the inspiration for “The Mystery of Marie Roget”.

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