Cullen, Lynn. Mrs. Poe. New York: Gallery Books, 2013. Print.
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Who wouldn't want to read a book entitled Mrs. Poe? I was thrilled to receive this as a birthday present. I started reading yesterday and knew I would like this book! The preface to Chapter 1 is Edgar Allan Poe's poem The Raven. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
I'm about half-way through the book now and am enjoying it. I love how the author pulls in so many factual people and places to this story. "Not now, Hawthorne! I'll read your draft of The Scarlet-whatever as soon as I can" (Cullen 120). The author is witty. This story makes me wonder if Francis Osgood really did exist (I've not heard of Poe having a mistress before this book). I like that I get to see Virginia Poe more as a person instead of "the wife of Edgar" and nothing else mentioned.
I finished the book and enjoyed it all the way through the story. I was amused at Poe's character and others' reactions to him. Some admired him so and fell all over themselves to be near him while others held him in disdain (and Poe didn't seem to care). I liked seeing the romance blossom and the infusion of different poems. I also liked the ending twist. Something happens that I've never heard of in connection to Poe. I need to do some research.
The story takes place over two years.