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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Poe & Fanny by John May

Poe & Fanny: A Novel by John May. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2004. ISBN: 1-56512-427-8

I’m a sucker for literary figures in novels. So this tale, based on the life of Edgar Allen Poe, and his relationship with the lovely fellow poet Fannie, Frances Sargent Osgood was a must read for me. The story is based on a few clues, chief among them a series of poems the two wrote to each other under thinly disguised pretenses and pseudonyms. As to the story as John May tells it, if this isn’t how it actually was, it’s certainly how it could have been, might have been. A romantic tale, a sad tale, but nevertheless, recommended.

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