Frances Sargent Osgood Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Walker, Cheryl. “Frances Sargent Osgood (1811-1850).” In American Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century, edited by Cheryl Walker, pp. 106-107. New Brunswick, N. J.: Rutgers University Press, 1992.

Provides a brief critical introduction to Osgood and reprints a number of poems.

———. “Frances Osgood: 1811-1850.” Legacy 1, no. 2 (fall 1984): 5-6

Profiles Osgood's life and literary career.


De Jong, Mary G. “Lines from a Partly Published Drama: The Romance of Frances Sargent Osgood and Edgar Allan Poe.” In Patrons and Protégées: Gender, Friendship, and Writing in Nineteenth-Century America, edited by Shirley Marchalonis, pp. 31-58. New Brunswick, N. J.: Rutgers University Press, 1988.

Characterizes Osgood and Poe as “mutual admirers and literary allies,” but refuses to speculate on a physical love affair due to insufficient evidence.

Dobson, Joanne. “Reclaiming Sentimental Literature.” American Literature 69, no. 2 (June 1997): 263-88.

Surveys the mid-nineteenth-century sentimental literature movement, focusing on Osgood's “The Little Hand” as an example of the keepsake tradition in sentimental poetry.

Pollin, Burton P. “Poe and Frances Osgood, as Linked through ‘Lenore.’” Mississippi Quarterly 46, no. 2 (spring 1993): 185-97.

Explores the intellectual relationship between Osgood and Edgar Allan Poe based on a stylistic and thematic comparison of Osgood's “Leonor” (1838) and “To Lenore” (1846) with Poe's “Lenore” (1843).

Silverman, Kenneth. “The Salons; Fanny Osgood and Elizabeth Ellet.” In Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance, pp. 278-93. New York: HarperPerennial, 1992.

Discusses literary implications of the competition between Osgood and Elizabeth Ellet for Edgar Allan Poe's affection.

Walker, Cheryl. “Founding the Tradition: The Poetess at Large.” In The Nightingale's Burden: Women Poets and American Culture before 1900, pp. 21-58. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1982.

Considers Osgood in the context of nineteenth-century American women poets who communicated gender and sexual themes through ambiguous symbolic forms.

Additional coverage of Osgood's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 250; and Literature Resource Center.