The Man Who Was Poe Themes

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Locked-Room Mysteries

Detective story fans and horror buffs of all ages have long been fascinated by the locked-room mystery genre. In The Man Who Was Poe, Avi pays tribute to the originator of this specialized genre, Edgar Allan Poe. By weaving a locked-room mystery into this historical fiction novel about Poe's life, Avi introduces a new generation of readers to the chilling pleasures of the locked-room mystery. The prologue encapsulates the story's locked room mystery with its description of Sis' astounding disappearance. Perhaps because he is writing for a younger audience, Avi varies the rules of this literary genre slightly. For example, Edmund does not discover Sis' dead body in the locked room, which is typically the case with such mysteries. Yet, her disappearance is frightening enough, particularly since eleven-year-old Edmund is now left completely alone in a strange city full of unknown dangers.

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