Frances Sargent <I>Locke</I> Osgood


Frances Sargent Locke Osgood Famous memorial

Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 12 May 1850 (aged 38)
Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 9680340 View Source

Poet. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Frances Locke was raised in Hingham, Masasachusetst. After her marriage to painter Samuel Stillman Osgood, the couple moved to England in 1836, where she began publishing her poetry. Soon after their return to the United States in 1839, she became one of the most well-known women writers in the middle of the 19th-century, sometimes using pseudonyms "Violet Vane" and "Kate Carol." Despite her marriage, Mrs. Osgood began a public flirtation with writer Edgar Allan Poe. The two published valentine poems to one another. A scandal erupted that included other women writers and Poe's enemy Rufus W. Griswold before Osgood reconciled with her husband. She died of tuberculosis.

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