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I must admit to not knowing much about Edgar Allan Poe except for his reputation for writing the most macabre stories and poems. Mrs. Poe interested me as a novel for just that reason – I love to learn a bit as I’m entertained. I’ll admit that I didn’t learn an awful lot about Mr. Poe but I was highly entertained. Once I started reading I found it very hard to put the book down.
Frances Osgood was a writer in of poetry and children’s stories – the one we most know now is Puss in Boots – and was part of a very literary society in New York prior to the Civil War. Edgar Allan Poe had just made a sensation with The Raven. The two of them met and in the novel had quite an attraction for one another. In reality no one truly knows how far it went but they did write some very flirtatious poems back and forth to each other in Mr. Poe’s literary journal that caused a sensation at the time.
Mrs. Poe explores the what might have beens in the author’s imagination and I found myself carried along by the possibilities and with the other fascinating character in the book – New York City. It plays as important a role as Edgar, his wife Virginia and Mrs. Osgood.
There are many fascinating people of the period who make appearances in the book from Walt Whitman to Samuel Morse to Margaret Teller and it was fun to see who would show up next. The salons that the characters attended were great vehicles for the writers of the time to meet and discuss the problems of the day.
Now, this is fiction and Ms. Cullen writes in her author’s note that no one truly knows how any of this played out and there has been much fuss and bother in many review threads I have perused. But it’s fiction. It’s the author’s imagination and I for one was quite pleased with the story I read and the way the characters handled themselves. It was a fascinating read.
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