The Beautiful Cigar Girl by Daniel Stashower
Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder

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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 Rogt."


 

About Daniel Stashower

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Daniel Stashower is a novelist and magician. His works include: the Edgar Award-winning Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle, Elephants in the Distance, The Beautiful Cigar Girl, The Ghosts of Baker Street, and the Sherlock Holmes novel, The Seventh Bullet.
 
Published December 4, 2007 by Berkley. 399 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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An informative, swift-moving account of how Edgar Allan Poe transformed a sensational 1841 New York City murder into “The Mystery of Marie Roget” (published in three installments in the winter of 1842–3).

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The New York Times

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Daniel Stashower neatly ties together a portrait of a city, an era, a brutal killing and a writer as doomed as the victim in his new novel.

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On a wider biographical and psychological scale, however, and having related a fuller understanding of Poe’s personal life and complexities, it becomes clearer that “At a time when his own life was collapsing, [Mary’s] story offers a form of solace, a chance to emulate his famous detective and fi...

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As Stashower recounts in The Beautiful Cigar Girl’s most riveting chapters, the almost panic-stricken writer took a risk and attempted to salvage his against-a-deadline story with a distinctive revision in which the artist and opportunist merged, or, as Stashower puts it, where Both aspects of ...

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The consequent public indignation erupted and subsided while more likely individual suspects — including two suitors — were being rounded up and dismissed, so as a year went by without an arrest that stuck, it became increasingly more convenient to blame the faceless members of the Plug-Uglies or...

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Entertainment Weekly

In July 1841, Mary Rogers, a beautiful young New York cigar clerk, was strangled and her body tossed in the Hudson River, a crime so ghastly that it pitted the city's sensational tabloids against each other in a contest of rumor and speculation.

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Curled Up

The first quote above was composed by Poe's enemy after his demise.

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Tucson Citizen

The result was one of America’s first detective stories, “The Mystery of Marie Roget.” In this meticulously researched, richly drawn account of the case, readers tread the cobblestone streets of 19th-century New York in search of a murderer.

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