The Man Who Was Poe
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What’s this book about?
The Old City lay dark and cold …
It is night. And Edmund is alone. His mother is gone. His aunt, who went in search of her, is dead. His sister has disappeared. Edmund has no one. Except for a stranger of the night.
A dark, mysterious stranger who flees from his own demons … who follows Edmund with grim determination through the cold and shadow city, promising to help, but often hindering. A stranger who needs Edmund for purpose of his own.
Story Behind the Story
Sometimes book A leads to book B. Such was the case for The Man Who Was Poe.
My last post, about Something Upstairs, mentions how I moved to Providence, Rhode Island, and how, once there, I began to read about local history.
While doing that, I learned that Edgar Allan Poe had important connections to the city: he was trying to get married.
Awards and Recognition
- One of the Best Books of Year, Library of Congress, 1990
- Nominated, Best Juvenile Mystery of the Year, Mystery Writers of America, 1990
- NCTE, Notable Children’s Book, 1990
- New York Public Library, One of the Best Books of the Year, 1989
- Focus Review, Booklist, 1990
“The writing is that of a true master … a suspenseful, thought-provoking novel that combines mystery with historical fiction.” (Children’s Book Review Service)
“Suspenseful fiction that works extremely well.” (The Horn Book)