The Purloined Letter

Making an oblique entry to our semester, read this classic detective story by Edgar Allan Poe. As you read, keep an eye out for any details of the story that might be literally or figuratively pertinent to the practice of graphic design and typography. Consider the material appearance of letters and paper. Consider Dupin’s elucidation of how he solved the mystery of the letter. Consider the sense of hiding in plain view. Write a short paragraph (250 words or so) about your findings. Typeset and print your paragraph on a letter-sized sheet, so that it’s visible when posted to the classroom wall.