Mrs. Poe
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Mrs. Poe

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Inspired by literature's most haunting love triangle, award-winning author Lynn Cullen delivers a pitch-perfect rendering of Edgar Allan Poe, his mistress's tantalizing confession, and his wife's frightening obsession in this new masterpiece of historical fiction to which Sara Gruen says, "Mrs. Poe had my heart racing...Don't miss it!" And make sure to check out the captivating new novel from Lynn Cullen--Twain's End--where the acclaimed author tells a fictionalized imagining of the relationship between iconic author Mark Twain and his personal secretary, Isabel Lyon. 1845: New York City is a sprawling warren of gaslit streets and crowded avenues, bustling with new immigrants and old money, optimism and opportunity, poverty and crime. Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" is all the rage--the success of which a struggling poet like Frances Osgood can only dream. As a mother trying to support two young children after her husband's cruel betrayal, Frances jumps at the chance to meet the illustrious Mr. Poe at a small literary gathering, if only to help her fledgling career. Although not a great fan of Poe's writing, she is nonetheless 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 affair...and with each clandestine encounter, Frances finds herself falling slowly and inexorably under the spell of her mysterious, complicated lover. But when Edgar's frail wife, Virginia, insists on befriending Frances as well, the relationship becomes as dark and twisted as one of Poe's tales. And like those gothic heroines whose fates are forever sealed, Frances begins to fear that deceiving Mrs. Poe may be as impossible as cheating death itself...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 134 x 208 x 28mm | 339.99g
  • Gallery Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1476702926
  • 9781476702926
  • 527,237

Review quote

"Brilliant...a wonderful and fascinating novel... Poe absolutely comes to life in Cullen's novel...Mrs. Poe is truly one of the best historical fiction novels of 2013 and possibly ever."--Examiner.comshow more

Review Text

"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...Don't miss it!" Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape Houseshow more

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8,341 ratings
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4 39% (3,293)
3 30% (2,484)
2 9% (751)
1 2% (188)
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