Osgood, Frances Sargent Locke, 1811-1850

Alternative names
Birth 1811-06-18
Death 1850-05-12

Biographical notes:

Osgood was an American poet.

From the description of Papers, 1838-1850. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122613597

From the guide to the Papers, 1838-1850., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Frances Sargent Locke Osgood was a popular and respected poet. Her lyrical, often sentimental, verse was published in numerous periodicals and several collections. She came to represent a sort of ideal female poet. She also published prose, including children's books. She was known in literary circles in England and the United States, and was a particular favorite of Edgar Allan Poe.

From the description of Frances Sargent Osgood letter, poem, and portrait, ca. 1840. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 54667699

Frances Sargent Locke Osgood (1811-1850), a poet and author, was born in Boston and achieved notoriety in London and New York. She was married to Samuel Stillman Osgood (1808-1885), a portrait painter. They had three children: Ellen Frances, May Vincent, and Fanny Fay. All three died in early childhood. In addition to her literary contributions, during this period of sentimental, lyrical "women's" literature, Frances Osgood is also known for a "literary courtship" with Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) and she was reportedly the inspiration of some of his poetry.

From the description of Papers, 1836-1850; 1916-1942. (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 214090578


Loading Relationships


Ark ID:


  • Poetry--Collections
  • American poetry--19th century
  • Women authors
  • American literature--19th century
  • Women poets, American--19th century--Correspondence
  • American literature--Women authors
  • Women--Correspondence
  • Authors--Correspondence, reminiscences, etc


not available for this record


not available for this record