Poe and Fanny

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Plume, 2005 - Fiction - 321 pages
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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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User Review  - maryreinert - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maria - Goodreads

Very interesting insight into an author who I knew almost nothing about. Intriguing how some of the greatest talents of all time were so unable to function outside of their craft. Read full review


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About the author (2005)

At age fifty, after years in business, John May began pursuing a writing career, returning to school and finally earning a masters in fiction writing. This was followed by months researching what became Poe & Fanny. Now sixty-two, he divides his time running his company and working on a new novel.

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