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Edgar Allan Poe

The Gold Bug

Fiction | Short Story | Adult | Published in 1843

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Further Reading: Literature

“The Murders in the Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allan Poe (1841)

Within his own canon, “The Gold-Bug” is seen as the precursor to Poe’s later detective fiction, with the character of Legrand frequently being compared to C. Auguste Dupin, who first appears in his short story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.”

“The Gold-Bug” by Edgar Allan Poe (1843)

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)

Robert Louis Stevenson cited “The Gold Bug” as an inspiration for his novel, Treasure Island: “I broke into the gallery of Mr. Poe...No doubt the skeleton is conveyed from Poe.”