By: Lynn Cullen
The dark and enigmatic figure that is Edgar Allen Poe has captivated both men and women ever since his publication of The Raven. Lynn Cullen a talented writer and artful researcher, set out to research and recreate the life and love of one such young woman, who is believed to be Poe’s lover. There are multiple schools of thought on Edgar Allen Poe and his life. One of these schools believes the a young and beautiful mother of two little girls meets Mrs. Frances Osgood meets and falls in love with tormented soul that is Poe. Lynn Cullen set out to gather up the factual evidence for this tumultuous romance and reconstruct the love story for her novel. In this new book she weaves together the evidence and the facts with the art of a master and delivered it to us just in time for Fall.
With a powerful mixture of creativity and factual research, Cullen has spun the wonderful story around the life of these two authors. Mrs. Poe is is both a testament and a compliment to their work, life and love. This is a love story for the ages, and lady readers everywhere will find this novel everything a good love story should be. Filled with hope and despair, joy and sorrow as well as moments of bliss, in partaking forbidden fruit, Mrs. Poe is an enjoyable read from cover to cover. Throughout the novel’s entirety the reader is afforded an intimate look at family and love life in the brave new world of New York City and it’s inhabitants. While the attraction and passion is familiar, the plight of many of the young women may surprise you. If history, literature or love is a common theme in your reading selections – your next selection must be Mrs. Poe.
The love story to pick up this fall, Mrs. Poe written by the masterful Lynn Cullen will have you picking up your favorite cup of tea and curling up in your coziest sweater to take in this great American romance. The seemingly opposite persons Mrs. Frances Osgood wife to portrait painter and absentee father, and Edgar Allen Poe a reserved yet severe man who’s passion runs deep under his surface as well as husband to his young cousin, meet through their poetry and tumble through a passionate affair. Left lonely and next to destitute by her husband and his fits of passion with the young and wealthy women around the world, Frances Osgood takes up residence with her friend’s family. Here trying to make a living and support herself by writing poems and children’s stories, Mrs. Osgood is clawing her way into the literary circles of New York City. As she fights to make a name and living for herself the calm and respectable author meets Edgar Allen Poe and the rest is history. Read Cullin’s artful description of their love and their world’s reaction in this, her new book.