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Poe & Fanny: A Novel by John May

Poe & Fanny: A Novel (2004)

by John May

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The subject matter of this book - Edgar Allan Poe, his child bride and the passionate Fanny Osgood provide great potential for an exciting and fascinating read; however, it just never comes together. There is none of the mystery, darkness, or passion that one would expect in a fictional look of Poe and his wife and supposed lover. The author takes a very detached view of Poe and those around him; I was never really able to "connect" with any of the characters especially the many and confusing editors, magazine publishers, other writers, and business partners of Poe. The book is a good "overview" of the world of publishing in New York during the middle 1800's and Poe's place or lack of place in it. Another strange note: Poe's poem "The Raven" is a focus of the book and seems to be Poe's only real claim to fame during his life time; it is referred to many times. In the back of the book a section entitled "The Poems" contains many of the poems written by Poe, Fanny Osgood, and others in the story. "The Raven", however, is missing. It seems that would have definitely been included. That lack seems to sum up the overall feeling I got from this book -- the peripheral is there, but the core is missing. ( )
  maryreinert | Aug 16, 2013 |
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Ah, if the clarion tones of fame, Shall ever ring for me, They shall not drown-my heart shall hear, The praise I won from thee! -Frances Sargent Locke Osgood
For Nancy Thorne Rouzer May
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"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary…"
—from "The Raven", by Edgar Allan Poe

In 1845, Edgar Allen Poe published "The Raven," was embraced by the New York literati, founded his own magazine, and allegedly began an affair with Frances "Fanny" Sargent Osgood. By the end of the year, Poe would leave New York City a ruined man, deeply in debt, and a virtual outcast spurned by a circle that included Horace Greeley, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In Poe & Fanny, John May envisions the love affair using their own flirtatious poetry as inspiration

A richly imagined debut novel, Poe & Fanny, brings New York’s giddy pre-Civil War social scene into brilliant focus as it explores the tragic life and loves of one of America’s great literary figures.

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