WHITMAN, SARAH HELEN.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, 1803; died there, 1879. She
is chiefly known for her association with Edgar
Allan Poe, to whom she was betrothed in 1848. The engagement
with Poe was broken, owing to the irregularity of the poet's
habits, but Mrs. Whitman remained his admirer and in 1860 published
a monograph in his defense, entitled "Edgar Allan Poe and
His Critics." Many of her poems also relate to Poe, and
his letters to her have been published with an interesting account
of the association.