Mrs. Poe is exactly the reason why I enjoy historical fiction. I learn about people and places and am entertained at the same time. Does it bother me that I don't really know where fact stops and fiction begins? Not really.
I had no idea that Poe led such a tragic life. I didn't know that he married his young cousin, that she was ill and died young, and that he was in love with a woman named Frances Osgood.
This story immerses you into the life and style of the 1800's. How concerned people were with scandals, while at the same time, doing scandalous things. I can't help thinking about how similar the behavior is to today's behaviors, yet had these people lived now, how different the ending would have been. Poe could easily divorce his wife and marry (or not) Frances Osgood. He was a celebrity at the time, and we hardly even blink an eye at divorce and unrequited love affairs of celebrities.
This book held my interest from beginning to end with even a bit of a mystery thrown in.
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