Personal Correspondence of Sarah Helen Whitman

Personal Correspondence of Sarah Helen Whitman

      Letter from Sarah Helen Whitman to Eugene Didier.  Includes copy of Edgar Allan Poe bibliography, but asks for it returned.  Mentions that she has known of one or two copies of Poe's Tamerlane.  Includes an etching of a bust of Whitman. (1876)

Sarah Helen Power Whitman was a poet who lived in Providence, Rhode Island.  She was introduced to Edgar Allan Poe in 1845.  Between 1845 and 1848, Poe often visited Providence to court Whitman, and the two became engaged in December of 1848.  After violating his promise to remain sober during their engagement, the wedding was called off.  After Poe’s death, Whitman worked to defend him against his many critics by publishing complimentary works about him.  Whitman died in Providence in 1878, and is buried in North Burial Ground.

 

“Dear Mr. Didier,
I send the article on The Bibliography of Edgar Poe, which I had intended to copy before parting with it, but not having found time to do so, must ask you to return it to me sometime within a fortnight.  I have known for more than two years from an enthusiastic bibliographist of this city that one, if not two, copies of the 1827 edition were in existence.”


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