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Mrs. Poe

by Lynn Cullen

Gallery Books | April 1, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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The triumphant success of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" compels fledgling poet Frances Osgood to meet her literary idol, a mysterious, complicated man who soon has her under his seductive spell in an all-consuming affair. And when Edgar's frail young wife breaks into their idyll to befriend her rival, Frances fears that deceiving Mrs. Poe may be as impossible as cheating death itself. . . .

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.25 × 2.09 × 0.39 in

Published: April 1, 2014

Publisher: Gallery Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476702926

ISBN - 13: 9781476702926

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Mrs. Poe

by Lynn Cullen

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.25 × 2.09 × 0.39 in

Published: April 1, 2014

Publisher: Gallery Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1476702926

ISBN - 13: 9781476702926

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Mrs. Poe One When given bad news, most women of my station can afford to slump onto their divans, their china cups slipping from their fingers to the carpet, their hair falling prettily from its pins, their fourteen starched petticoats compacting with a plush crunch. I am not one of them. As a lady whose husband is so busy painting portraits of wealthy patrons—most of whom happen to be women—that he forgets that he has a family, I have more in common with the girls who troll the muddy streets of Corlear’s Hook, looking to part sailors from their dollars, than I do with the ladies of my class, in spite of my appearance. This thought bolted into my mind like a horse stung by a wasp that afternoon at the office of The Evening Mirror. I was in the midst of listening to a joke about two backward Hoosiers being told by the editor Mr. George Pope Morris. I knew that the news Mr. Morris was obviously putting off giving me must not be good. Still, I laughed delightedly at his infantile joke, even while choking on the miasma created by his excess of perfumed hair pomade, the open glue pot sitting upon his desk, and the parrot cage to my left, which was in dire need of changing. I hoped to soften him, just as a “Hooker” softens potential customers by lifting a corner of her skirt. I struck when Mr. Morris was still chuckling from his own joke. Showing teeth brushed with particular care before I had set off to confront him after a silence of twenty-two days,
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The triumphant success of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" compels fledgling poet Frances Osgood to meet her literary idol, a mysterious, complicated man who soon has her under his seductive spell in an all-consuming affair. And when Edgar's frail young wife breaks into their idyll to befriend her rival, Frances fears that deceiving Mrs. Poe may be as impossible as cheating death itself. . . .

About the Author

Lynn Cullen is the author of numerous children's books and young adult novels including The Backyard Ghost, The Mightiest Heart, and I Am Rembrandt's Daughter, which was an ALA Best Book of 2008. The Creation of Eve is her first work for adults.

Editorial Reviews

"At once beautiful and heartbreaking, Lynn Cullen has woven together a tapestry of fact and rumor to give us an intimate view into the forbidden love between two complicated, creative lives. Historical fictions fans, you're in for a treat."
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