Book Review

by Lynn Cullen

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, America
Sensuality: MILD
Setting: 1845 New York

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Cullen’s latest fictionalized biography is a unique perspective on Edgar Allan Poe that is rich in detail and emotion. Cullen takes the reader into Poe’s dark, obsessive world through his love affairs. Clearly composed and carefully researched, the book’s vivid prose accentuates the passion, jealousy and hatred that evolve from a tangled three-way relationship that could easily have come straight from the pages of Poe’s stories. A must-read for those intrigued by Poe, poetry and the latter half of 19th-century America

Frances Osgood is a struggling writer trying to keep a roof over the heads of her two children and wastrel painter husband. She is struck by the popularity of Poe’s “The Raven,” and trying to emulate his style, when they meet at a literary function. They form an immediate connection, and Poe asks Frances to visit his young wife. Spending time with the couple thrusts Frances into an affair with Edgar. Though Mrs. Poe appears innocent, Frances discovers her dark, calculating and controlling side. It soon becomes obvious that Frances and Edgar’s passionate affair will only lead to trouble. (GALLERY, Oct., 320 pp., $26.00)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: GALLERY

Published: October 2013

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