Poe's literary career began in 1827 with the release of 50 copies of Tamerlane and Other Poems credited only to "a Bostonian", a collection of early poems that received virtually no attention.  In December 1829, Poe released Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems in Baltimore  before delving into short stories for the first time with " Metzengerstein " in 1832.  His most successful and most widely read prose during his lifetime was " The Gold-Bug ",  which earned him a $100 prize, the most money he received for a single work.  One of his most important works, " The Murders in the Rue Morgue ", was published in 1841 and is today considered the first modern detective story.  Poe called it a "tale of ratiocination ".  Poe became a household name with the publication of " The Raven " in 1845,  though it was not a financial success.  The publishing industry at the time was a difficult career choice and much of Poe's work was written using themes specifically catered for mass market tastes.