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1 The History of Mystery From Edgar Allen Poe ToGoosebumps

2 What’s in a Mystery? ► A Crime ► Variety of Characters ► Clues (and Red Herrings) ► Suspense & Tension ► Solution

3 Edgar Allen Poe: The Father of Mystery ► Born 1809, Died 1849 ► Introduced first fictional detective, Auguste C. Dupin, in Murders in the Rue Morgue (story) ► “Locked Room” mystery ► Poe shifted emphasis from eerie setting to criminal mind

4 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes Mysteries ► Born 1859, Died 1930 ► Sherlock Holmes’ debut in 1887 novel, A Study in Scarlet ► Holmes deduced clues to solve crimes ► Solving of crimes became a science Sir Arthur Conan Doyle penning another mystery...

5 Agatha Christie: The “Golden Age of Mystery Fiction” ► Born 1890, Died 1976 ► Wrote more than 80 novels ► Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple were Christie’s most famous detectives

6 “The Shadow” brings Mystery to the Radio Airwaves ► Originally named “The Detective Show” ► On the air from 1930 to 1954 (24 years) ► The Shadow was an invincible crime-fighter who could defy gravity, unravel any code, and “cloud men’s minds” ► Never seen, only heard ► 03-28%20Death%20in%20the%20Deep.mp3 "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!"

7 Alfred Hitchcock: Mystery Hits the Silver Screen ► Born 1899, Died 1980 ► Writer/Actor/Director of over 50 films, beginning with “Number 13” (1922) ► Explored the notion of terror inflicted on the unknowing (and sometimes innocent) victim ► Other themes: Guilt, Fear, Redemption

8 Rod Serling’s “Twilight Zone” ► Born 1924, Died 1975 ► Interest in mysteries from a young age ► Wrote TV dramas in the early 1950’s ► Left to create “The Twilight Zone,” a science fiction TV series, in 1957 ► b5aW08ivHU

9 Today’s Mystery Writers ►J►J►J►Joan Lowery Nixon (Nightmare) ►L►L►L►Lois Duncan (I Know What you Did Last Summer) ►J►J►J►John Grisham (Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer) ►D►D►D►Dan Brown (DaVinci Code)

10 Defining Elements of Mystery ► Mysterious/Scary Setting ► Eerie Atmosphere ► Suspense ► A determined Sleuth ► Obstacles to solving the crime ► Red Herrings that mislead the reader ► A Sidekick (sometimes) to help solve the mystery

11 The Detective’s Vocabulary ► Alibi : An excuse that a suspect uses to show that he or she was somewhere other than at the scene of the crime ► Breakthrough : A development that advances/solves a case ► Deduce : To derive at a conclusion from something known or assumed; infer ► Evidence : Something that helps prove who committed the crime (may be concrete or circumstantial) ► Motive : The reason(s) why a person commits a crime ► Victim : Someone who is harmed or suffers some loss due to the crime ► Witness : Someone who saw the crime being committed and can provide some information

12 Do Now 1. Identify the three great mystery writers and their detectives. 2. Identify five important elements of a mystery. 3. Identify the “detective’s vocabulary” terms that relate to a SUSPECT. 4. Identify the terms that relate to an INVESTIGATOR.

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