Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston in 1809. He was a poet, short story writer and journalist, whose best-known works include 'The Raven' and The Fall of the House of Usher. Poe is considered to be the inventor of the detection fiction genre through the creation of his character, C. Auguste Dupin. He died in 1849. For more information, turn to the Case Notes section at the end of the book.

Robert Giddings is a well-established literary critic who regularly reviews for many publications including the Sunday Times, the Guardian and the New Statesman.