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Mrs. Poe

Lynn Cullen

Published by Gallery Books, New York, 2013
ISBN 10: 1476702918 / ISBN 13: 9781476702919
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Title: Mrs. Poe

Publisher: Gallery Books, New York

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: Stated First Edition

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Red paper-covered boards with red backstrip and gilt lettering. Appears unread. Text is clean and white, no marks. Unclipped DJ in lovely condition. "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 Francis Osgood can only dream. As a mother trying to support two young children after her husband's cruel betrayal, Frances jumps at a chance to meet the illustrious Mr. Poe. Although not a fan of his writing, she is overwhelmed by his magnetic presence. What follows is a flirtation, then a seduction, then an illicit affair. (from the jacket). Bookseller Inventory # A91214

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Synopsis: A writer and his demons. A woman and her desires. A wife and her revenge . . .

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 ?intelligent, sexy, and utterly addictive? (M. J. Rose) new masterpiece of historical fiction.

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. . . .

About the Author: Lynn Cullen grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is the author of Reign of Madness, a 2011 Best of the South selection by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and 2012 Townsend Prize finalist, and The Creation of Eve, named among the best fiction books of 2010 by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and an Indie Next selection. She is also the author of numerous award-winning books for children, including the young adult novel I Am Rembrandt?s Daughter, which was a 2007 Barnes & Noble ?Discover Great New Writers? selection and an ALA Best Book of 2008. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, their dog, and two unscrupulous cats.

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