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Mrs. Poe Audiobook

Mrs. Poe

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Publisher's Summary

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. . . .

©2013 Lynn Cullen (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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    Bchmaven 03-18-15
    Bchmaven 03-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Enjoyable Historical Glimpse of NYC Literati"

    This book offers great character depictions of the "Who's Who" in 1840s and 50's New York and an enticing story with macabre elements that kept me going to see how it all ended. The portrayals of the characters is very good and the cadence of the reading is just right. It had a few "Wuthering Heights " over the top moments but it was a very enjoyable read

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    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 12-30-14
    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 12-30-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great surprise ending!"

    This book started slow for me. However, once you get a few chapters in you will become hooked!
    I also found the information regarding women's rights and the superiority of men at the time to be very interesting and informative. The author did a good job on research.
    Don't get the idea that this is a book about women's rights. It is not.
    It is a love story, drama, and thriller all wrapped up into one.

    As a fan of Edgar Allen Poe's writings, I was surprised to find out that what I always believed true about his life was not. The epilogue clarifies many misconceptions that I had.

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    Ray Stewart 07-09-14
    Ray Stewart 07-09-14
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    "Mr. Poe"

    Although this historical fiction book is titled, Mrs. Poe, it is really more about Mr. Poe, and his involvement with Mrs. Osgood, another poet. Somewhat tedious at time but still an interesting look at the period.

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    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 02-03-14
    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2008

    The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.

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    "Catchy Title, but know what you are getting"

    First of all, this is Poe, so it is suspenseful, and that was exactly as it should be. But for that reason, it is hard to review this without giving anything away.

    So, generically I will say I am glad I read it, I did learn quite a bit about Poe and some about Mrs. Poe, and I learned even more about Fanny Osgood. Well researched and written from a historical standpoint, and the number of famous literary persons who appear in the book is pretty astounding. Some romantic scenes felt trite, but didn't ruin the book.

    Bottom line: There is plenty to discuss -- with someone who has read the book. If you are into Poe, you will enjoy this, but I just know that the title is a gimmick.

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    meredith 08-17-16
    meredith 08-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Ok book"

    Good book. Not great book. Struggled to finish, got bogged down in places. Not really memorable.

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    Liz Myers 06-12-16
    Liz Myers 06-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Times and troubles"

    This book is about the lover of Edgar Poe and told from her point of view.

    What I enjoyed most, however, were the details of the times and places in which Edgar Allen Poe and Franny lived, the intersections of the authors who also lived and visited in New York, and the glimpse into marriage and health issues.

    I liked the narrator, Eliza Foss.

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    Lois Centennial, CO, United States 04-03-16
    Lois Centennial, CO, United States 04-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Didn't know!"

    Learn more about the man & his time! Liked the book but didn't love it! But do love the man's verse!

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    Diane 06-18-15
    Diane 06-18-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Read if You Love A Great Book"

    Amazing story that has historic detail making it even better. This book is refreshing because it's complex and elegant.

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    Evelyn Love San Diego, California USA 01-26-15
    Evelyn Love San Diego, California USA 01-26-15 Member Since 2013

    I'm a member of three book groups in our community and tutor immigrants who are learning English.

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    "Trite, silly plot with flat, lifeless characters"
    What disappointed you about Mrs. Poe?

    The main characters were flat and lifeless. The author inserted the names of famous people living at the time who did not add to the trite plot. The book is fiction rather than what I had hoped would be historically factual.


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    The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


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    C. Lynn. Jacobs Chico,CA 11-16-14
    C. Lynn. Jacobs Chico,CA 11-16-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Boring and too long"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    While this book was interesting in that it gave a peek at the life and times of Edgar Allen Poe, it was so long and boring. It seemed to have to give every detail of every day, but never quite get to the action of the story. It seemed to tell the same story over and over. I'm honestly not sure who might like this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    China Dolls by Lisa See


    What about Eliza Foss’s performance did you like?

    She was clear and seemed to be of the time in which the story was set. Her pronunciation and intonation were good and clear.


    What character would you cut from Mrs. Poe?

    I think all the characters were necessary. It is the story that lagged.


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