It is often claimed Edgar Allan Poe invented the modern detective story in “The Murder in the Rue Morgue.”
When the character of C. Auguste Dupin first appeared in 1841, the word detective did not yet exist.
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Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” was published in 1845.
In the story a mesmerist (a kind of hypnotist) puts a dying man called Valdemar in a suspended hypnotic state at the moment of death.
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