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Whitman, Sarah Helen

(1803—1878)


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(1803–78), Rhode Island poet, after the death of her husband became engaged to Poe (c. 1848). Several of her poems concern him and more bear the obvious influence of his style. Some of her verse is collected in Hours of Life (1853), and a complete edition appeared posthumously (1879). She defended Poe against Griswold and others in Edgar Poe and His Critics (1860). The second of Poe's poems entitled To Helen was addressed to her, and his Last Letters to her were published in 1909.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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