When struggling poet and betrayed wife Frances Osgood meets Edgar Allen Poe, she is hoping only for a boost in her literary career—certainly not what came next. Swept into an illicit love affair with the complicated, magnetic, and married Poe, Osgood and Poe must together face the consequences, which are no less horrific or revenge-filled than his best loved horror stories–and quite possibly as deadly. Mrs. Poe had my heart racing as hard as The Cask of Amontillado ever did. Don’t miss it!
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.
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…
Mrs. Poe is such a compelling novel, bringing history to vivid life. Danger, sensuality, mystery and passion fill the pages of this bewitching story set in the crowded cobbled streets, alleyways, cheap boarding houses and literary gatherings of mid-nineteenth century New York City. Everyone warns the lovely, near penniless poet Mrs. Osgood, a deserted wife with two young children, to stay away from the dark-eyed writer Edgar Allen Poe who has fallen in love with her. She writes tender verses; he creates blood-curdling tales but he is darker than his writing, carrying secrets of his frail much younger wife and his heinous past. Even when Mrs. Osgood understands that someone is trying to kill her because of him, she cannot put aside her passion until it is almost too late.
A real page turner from one of our most skillful novelists!
Lynn Cullen seems to have transported herself to Old New York—Mrs. Poe feels that authentic. Without a doubt, this is one of the best historical fiction novels I’ve read in a long time. Evocative, compassionate, intelligent, sexy and utterly addictive. The passion between Frances Osgood and Edgar Allen Poe burns up the pages while at the same time her relationship with Mrs. Poe makes your heart ache. Truly a book to savor!
Mrs. Poe is a compelling tale of ill-fated love, passion, and the writing life in antebellum New York, rich with period detail and suspense.