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The Man Who Was Poe

Man Who Was Poe

Harper­Collins, 1989

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George Guidall

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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.

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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)

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