The fierce ambitions and dangerous rivalries of literary New York in the 1840’s come vividly alive in Lynn Cullen’s riveting novel Mrs. Poe. With masterful skill, Cullen tells the story of the real-life fatal attraction between the toast-of-the-town Gothic storyteller Edgar Allan Poe and vulnerable poet Frances Sargent Osgood. The fact that both are unhappily married did not sanction any sort of romance in this judgmental society, and Cullen skillfully charts the course of a fraught and forbidden love affair. As the lonely Mrs. Osgood is pulled further and further into Mr. Poe’s dark world, the tensions in the Poes’ bizarre marriage explode. Full of longing, this is a story both poignant and shocking–and not easily forgotten.
Poe—the Colin Firth of his time? (And you know how I like Mr. Firth.) Read all about it in my guest blog post at XOXO After Dark.
Fall books that caught our eye: …And, to the ever-growing genre of historical fiction about famous men and the women in their lives, add Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen (Gallery, October). It’s about a triangle involving Edgar Allan Poe, a struggling female poet named Frances Osgood, and Edgar’s frail wife, Virginia.
In Mrs. Poe, Lynn Cullen conjures a darkly atmospheric 19th century New York with a masterful hand. Rich with period detail andcompelling characters, Mrs. Poe weaves a thread of creeping menace into the true story of Edgar Allan…