By Edgar Allan Poe

ISBN-10: 0307432440

ISBN-13: 9780307432445

Edited and with an advent through Matthew Pearl
Includes “The Murders within the Rue Morgue,” “The secret of Marie Rogêt,” and “The Purloined Letter”

among 1841 and 1844, Edgar Allan Poe invented the style of detective fiction with 3 enthralling tales of a tender French eccentric named C. Auguste Dupin. Introducing to literature the concept that of utilising cause to fixing crime, those stories introduced Poe reputation and fortune. Years later, Dorothy Sayers could describe “The Murders within the Rue Morgue” as “almost an entire handbook of detective concept and practice.” certainly, Poe’s brief mysteries encouraged the production of numerous literary sleuths, between them Sherlock Holmes. this day, the original Dupin tales nonetheless stand out as completely engrossing page-turners.
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Their jointly published work, On the Penitentiary System in the United States and Its Application in France, offers a comparative study of the two novel theories of penitentiary discipline that were widely and intensely debated in the 1830s and ‘40s: New York’s congregate model, organized around silent group labor, and Pennsylvania’s infamous system of total solitary confinement. 79 Other observers, however, saw in these innovations little more than refinements in ancient cruelty. 82 As the rioting and massacre at the Astor Place Opera House indicate, theater was no idle pursuit in antebellum America.

Mass spectacle in the antebellum era took many forms—theatrical, reformist, commemorative, political. ”51 But regardless of how novel these spectacular relations and mass politics appeared, they were never separable from the more archaic uses to which spectacular political power had traditionally been put. 52 Put another way, the middle decades of the nineteenth century might be said to mark that moment when the remnants of Foucault’s epoch of public violence crossed paths with the earliest traces of Guy Debord’s “society of the spectacle,” and what emerges from this crossing is a surprising glimpse of the correlation between two seemingly distinct forms of spectacular power.

From Miles Coverdale’s fears of lost autonomy in an intimate community, to Hollingsworth’s scheme to transform Blithedale into a prison of sympathetic influence, to the multiple introduction╇ /╇ 33 public exhibitions of mesmerism and magnetism by the Veiled Lady, The Blithedale Romance repeatedly stages the dilemmas inherent in a community that is alternately defined as a theatrical illusion and a reformed penitentiary. Hawthorne’s Blithedale has traditionally been read as an indictment of a community that is both impotent and stifling, and critics have extrapolated from this claims of Hawthorne’s scathing views of a mass-market public culture composed of passive, politically inert subjects.

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