A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
1/29/1845 Quoth the Raven
January 29, 1845. Well, arguably "The Raven" has nothing to do with mystery, but who would deny it a place in our field (or on the bust of Pallas)? MWA even uses it as the name for awards not directly related to writing. Edgar Allan Poe's most famous work appeared in the Evening Mirror on this date. (It also appeared in the February issue of The American Review under a pseudonym, so that might have hit the newsstands first.) It made him a celebrity immediately.