About Mrs. Poe

MRS. POE by Lynn Cullen (Gallery Books; October 1, 2013; Hardcover)

mrs-poeFrom acclaimed author Lynn Cullen –whose The Creation of Eve was hailed as “intoxicating” by the Washington Post and “a swoon-worthy blend of mystery, romance, and history” by Atlanta magazine-comes the captivating confession of Edgar Allen Poe’s mistress…and the obsession of Poe’s wife.

New York, 1845. Mr. Poe’s “The Raven” is all the literary rage-the success of which a struggling poet like Frances Osgood can only dream. As a mother trying to support two children after her husband’s betrayal, Frances jumps at the opportunity to meet the mysterious Poe, if only to help her career. Although not a fan of his writing, Frances is overwhelmed by his magnetic presence-and the surprising revelation that he admires her work. What follows is a flirtation, then a seduction, then an illicit love affair. But when Edgar’s frail wife Virginia-a cousin half his age-insists on befriending Frances as well, the relationship becomes as dark and deceiving, as full of twists and turns, as one of Poe’s tales…and maybe, as Frances fears, every bit as deadly.

Closely based on Poe’s life and writings, and rich with authentic historical detail, MRS. POE is a novel of romantic obsession as passionate and enduring as its brilliant subject.

Lynn Cullen is the author of The Creation of Eve and Reign of Madness, as well as several award-winning young adult novels including I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter. A traveler and historian, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


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  3. Sharon G
    Sharon G March 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm .

    Just finished Mrs. Poe and what a great book. I have always been a fan of EA Poe from the time I was in high school. Thus I like the darker type of literature. Keep a volume of his works and read now and then. Mrs. Poe was well paced, and fascinating when I found out all the historical information was true. How long it has taken me to find 3that Poe wasn’t as crazy as advertized. Thanks for a wonderful read.

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