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Edgar Allan Poe, known today for his contributions to Gothic horror as “the master of the macabre”, also sparked the public’s interest in cryptography or “secret writing” in the 1840s. Poe challenged readers of Alexander’s Weekly Messenger to submit their own cyphers for him to solve. Poe went on to solve over 100 submissions to the magazine, proving his abilities as a codebreaker. In 1843, Poe wrote “The Gold-Bug”, a short story centered on deciphering a secret message to find buried treasure. This was the most popular and widely read of Poe’s short stories during his lifetime and helped further popularize the art of cryptography.
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