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The Man Who Was Poe
Scholastic, 2013
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The Man Who Was Poe

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. read more

Awards and Honors

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)

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