Mrs. Poe

Mrs. Poe

Large Print - 2014
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Inspired by literature's most haunting love triangle, award-winning author Lynn Cullen delivers a pitch-perfect rendering of Edgar Allan Poe, his mistress's tantalizing confession, and his wife's frightening obsession. 1845: New York City is a sprawling warren of gaslit streets and crowded avenues, bustling with new immigrants and old money, optimism and opportunity, poverty and crime. Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" is all the rage -- success greater than anything struggling poet Frances Osgood can imagine. As a mother trying to support two young children after her husband's cruel betrayal, Frances jumps at the chance to meet the illustrious Mr. Poe at a small literary gathering, if only to help her fledgling career. Although not a great fan of Poe's writing, she is nonetheless overwhelmed by his magnetic presence -- and the surprising revelation that he admires her work. When Edgar's frail wife Virginia insists on befriending Frances as well, the relationship becomes as dark and twisted as one of Poe's tales. And like those gothic heroines whose fates are forever sealed, Frances begins to fear that deceiving Mrs. Poe may be as impossible as cheating death itself . . .
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781611739992
1611739993
Branch Call Number: LT FICTION CULLEN LYNN
Characteristics: 487 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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DeltaQueen50
Feb 03, 2016

I found Mrs. Poe a very layered read, full of atmosphere, tension, passion and mystery. The author has gathered a group of interesting and original characters. Mrs. Poe is a masterful blending of history and fiction and a very compelling story.

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CryMSanchez
Jun 19, 2014

I really enjoyed this book even though it starts a little slow for my taste. I had never read The Raven and was a bit discouraged from even reading the book because of the poem. But I glad I stuck to it.
*Spoiler* I didn't know it was sort of a true story, and as for most true stories, had a bad ending. I am a very opinionated woman and so it drove me crazy reading how Frances didn't let people have it when they clearly needed to be told off! I am glad I wasn't born in that era, I would have sucked at being a proper lady lol. All in all very well written, kept me interested. It was an enjoyable read.

ontherideau Jun 11, 2014

Set in a time when women were chattels, Mrs. Poe takes place in the 1840s, a few decades after the death of Jane Austen. The romantic tone is similar, stolen glances and hidden desire. What held my interest in this story were the cameo appearances of Edgar Allan Poe's contemporaries . The list is long; Louisa May Alcott, Walt Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emmerson, John Bartlett of Bartletts Quotations, Clement Clarke Moore and composer Franz Liszt.
Politicians of the day were debating the creation of Central Park, turning 700 acres of Manhattan into recreational land, displacing over a thousand poor farmers and gardeners in the process. It would have been a contentious plan, I'm sure.
The storyline is a little dark, Booklist says "It's enough to make the teacups rattle." By today's standards only the fine china would be affected.

Aggie3 May 08, 2014

This book captivated me from the very first page. It is very well written. The story intertwines fiction and fact, leaving the reader to want more. I had to find out more about the Poes, Osgoodes, Griswald and many others to satisfy my mind. It is by far one of the best books I have read lately.

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finn75
Jan 30, 2014

I love historical fiction mixed up with some facts. I was so impressed by this book I had to do some research on the real Mr and Mrs Poe and Frances Osgood. Mrs Osgood's bleating about her guilt and love gets a bit tiring after awhile but it was still an enjoyable read.

debwalker Oct 04, 2013

Pennie Clark Ianniciello, Costco's book buyer, has chosen Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen as her pick of the month for October 2013.

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