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Poe's Detective



"Poe did not want the detective genre to be a realist genre; he wanted it to be an intellectual genre, a fantastic genre, if you wish, but a fantastic genre of the intellect and not only of the imagination.... He could have placed his crimes and his detective in New York, but then the reader would have been wondering whether the events really took place in that way.... As it turned out, it was easier and more fruitful to Poe's imagination to set it all in Paris, in a desolate portion of the Faubourg St.-Germain."
- Jorge Luis Borges, On Writing


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