By Edgar Allan Poe
Edited and with an creation via Matthew Pearl
Includes “The Murders within the Rue Morgue,” “The secret of Marie Rogêt,” and “The Purloined Letter”
among 1841 and 1844, Edgar Allan Poe invented the style of detective fiction with 3 spell binding tales of a tender French eccentric named C. Auguste Dupin. Introducing to literature the idea that of employing cause to fixing crime, those stories introduced Poe status and fortune. Years later, Dorothy Sayers could describe “The Murders within the Rue Morgue” as “almost a whole guide of detective concept and practice.” certainly, Poe’s brief mysteries encouraged the construction of numerous literary sleuths, between them Sherlock Holmes. this present day, the original Dupin tales nonetheless stand out as completely engrossing page-turners.
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56 Without commenting directly on the eﬃcacy of such practices, we could note that most of the buildings at Ephrata stand to this day. If astrology and magic were part of the theosophic worldview found at Ephrata, so too was alchemy. There are two primary kinds of alchemy we might discuss here. The ﬁrst, of course, is spiritual alchemy—that is, using the terms of alchemy, like the “philosopher’s stone,” to describe spiritual transmutation. One ﬁnds spiritual alchemy prominent throughout the theosophic tradition, beginning with Böhme, but also in such later theosophic authors as Johann Georg Gichtel, whose Theosophia Practica is full of scornful references to physical alchemists.
It seems more than likely that many colonists carried over to America esoteric knowledge and practices, even if they did not leave much documentation to that eﬀect. Support for this hypothesis can be found in surprising and on ﬁrst glance unlikely places. 10 However, atop all of those documents is one of very great interest indeed: it is a manuscript written in a neat hand, mostly in Latin but also with some German text, that includes a host of dot patterns next to various aphorisms. That this manuscript was kept on top of all the papers may be an accident, but one doubts it, because the papers in question are all surveying records, and this manuscript links them as a manual of geomancy.
What is more, there is no conﬂict between these two streams; rather, they reinforce one another. Both oﬀer practical means to orient oneself in daily life, but theosophy has spiritual dimensions that extend well beyond the limits of astrology. Theosophy has to do with one ’s inner life; astrology has to do with one ’s worldly life. 9 How widespread was such esoteric knowledge in colonial America? This, of course, is not an easy question to answer. It is particularly hard to determine a satisfactory answer inasmuch as documentation is relatively spotty, and sometimes appears almost by happenstance.