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Mrs. Frances Sargent Osgood

(Born: June 18, 1811 - Died: May 12, 1850)

America author, poet and playwright. Frances Sargent Locke was born in Boston, MA. Her parents were Mary Ingersoll Foster and Joseph Locke. She married Samuel Stillman Osgood, an artist, in 1835.

This engraving of Mrs. Osgood was used as the forntispiece for the edition of her poems published in 1850. It is based on a fine portrait made by her husband, Samuel Stillman Osgood, a well-known painter.

Mrs. Frances Sargent Osgood

Criticism (Texts and Variant Texts)


  • Anonymous, "Frances Sargent Osgood," Graham's Magazine, January 1843, 22:54
  • DeJong, Mary G., "Lines from a Partly Published Drama: The Romance of Frances Sargent Osgood and Edgar Allan Poe," in Patrons and Proteges: Gender, Friendship, and Writing in Nineteenth-Century America, ed. Shirley Marchalonis, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1994, pp. 31-58
  • Duyckinck, E. A. and G. L., "Frances Sargent Osgood," Cyclopedia of American Literature, New York: Charles Scribner, 1856, 2:559-561
  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978. (Second printing 1979)
  • Phillips, Elizabeth, "Frances Sargent Locke Osgood," American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present, ed. Lina Mainiero, New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing, 1970, 3:312-313
  • Thomas, Dwight and David K. Jackson, The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, Boston: G. K. Hall & Sons, 1987.

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