Who is "A Valentine" To?

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I got the letters..F r a n c e s s a r g e n t o s g o o d..but dont know the name. And would also like to know who the person was to Poe?

-- Anonymous, February 14, 2001



Ms. Osgood was a poetess of some ability that developed a warm and cordial relationship with Poe following his praise of her poetry in a lecture. I believe she was from Philadelphia and was married to Samuel Stillman Osgood, a well known artist. Mr. amd Mrs. Osgood were frequently separated and there is some speculation that she and Poe were romatically involved. While they shared a public exchange of poetry in print, Frances was known to Poe's wife, Virginia and was an unapologetic admirer of Poe's works. Their relationship, it seems, was more a mutual respect and admiration than any deep affection.


-- Anonymous, February 14, 2001

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