Publisher says Poe novelist did not lift material

By HILLEL ITALIE | December 6, 2011 | 12:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of a novel about Edgar Allen Poe's child bride is defending the book against allegations that its author, Lenore Hart, lifted material from another work.

St. Martin's Press released a brief statement Tuesday saying it had compared Hart's "The Raven's Bride" to Cothburn O'Neal's "The Very Young Poe." The publisher says it found any similarities are limited to the inevitable overlap of two novels covering the same subject.

British novelist Jeremy Duns has posted numerous excerpts on his blog, noting not just plot points the two books share, but use of language.

Hart's book came out earlier this year, O'Neal's in 1956. O'Neal died in 2001.