BOOKS ON BROAD: The Raven’s Bride

When: Thursday, March 10, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Where: The Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia

The March installment of Books on Broad will feature Lenore Hart on her latest novel, The Raven’s Bride, about the mysterious and confounding relationship between Edgar Allan Poe and Sissy Clemm, his great love and constant companion. The book explores love, loss, the afterlife, and American literature’s most haunted and demonized literary figure by imagining the real, beating heart of the woman who loved and inspired him—and whose absence ultimately destroyed him. Wine and cheese will be served between 5:30 PM and 6:15 PM and will be followed by Ms. Hart’s talk and discussion until 7:00 PM; the evening will conclude with a book signing from 7:00 PM until 7:30 PM.

We hope to see you there!


One thought on “BOOKS ON BROAD: The Raven’s Bride

  1. Of the fictionalized accounts written about the young Mrs. Poe, this one uses a first-person perspective to breathe life into the character and to provides a creative rendering of her thoughts and desires within the confines of the factual records of her and Edgar’s life together. In this tale Sissy grow into Virginia, a woman with ambition and desire — so much desire that it is she who does the seducing in the tale. Once the unusual marital pact is sealed between the Poe, Sissy and her mother, the story becomes a compelling and quick read. Most readers will think they know the ending, but. . .maybe they really don’t. Also, note the historical detail woven into this novel, such as wristband garters to keep blouses and shirts free of ink blots. Details make this story all that more real to the reader, so real that they might not know the difference between fact and fiction. .

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