The Purloined Letter - Vocabulary

Updated: 9/21/2018
The Purloined Letter - Vocabulary
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The Purloined Letter Lesson Plans

The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

The short story “The Purloined Letter” is one of the first modern detective stories. It pits the cunning detective, Dupin, against a bafflingly elegant puzzle. Poe’s early “tales of ratiocination” laid the groundwork for later fictional detectives like Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and Nancy Drew.


The Purloined Letter

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The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe Vocabulary activities lesson plans

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  • PREFECT
  • PURLOINED
  • SNUFFBOX
  • A position of chief, or chief officer
  • Past tense of purloin meaning to steal.
  • A box containing pipe tobacco
  • VOCABULARY