The Man Who Was Poe Setting & Symbolism

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Providence, Rhode Island

Avi, the author of The Man Who Was Poe, resides in Providence, Rhode Island and has based this historical fiction novel on several real events which took place in Providence in 1848.

Narragansett Bay

The climactic chase scene between the Peggy and the Sunrise takes place on the choppy, wind-swept waters of Narragansett Bay.

The Docks

The boat dock at Narragansett Bay, where Edmund and his Sis used to play in happier days, is where most of the dangerous action scenes in The Man Who Was Poe take place.

Eighty-Eight Benefit Street

Mrs. Helen Whitman resides at eighty-eight Benefit Street in Providence with her mother, Mrs. Powers.

The Cemetery

The cemetery on Church Street is located immediately behind Mrs. Whitman's home. No one ever goes to this old cemetery, and so the novel's villain, Mr. Rachett, finds it an ideal place to hide Sis.

The Hotel American House

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