WHITMAN, SARAH HELEN - Hours of Life, and Other Poems
Providence: George H. Whitney. 1853 - First edition.
Though Sarah Helen Whitman is perhaps best known for her brief and whirlwind courtship and engagement to Edgar Allan Poe, she was a well-educated, intellectual, and spirited woman with literary talents in her own right. As a young woman, she published poetry under the name "Helen" beginning in the 1820s but built her reputation as a essayist, commentator, and poet once she was widowed after five years of marriage. She moved in intellectual and Transcendentalist circles in Rhode Island, writing in support of women's suffrage and modified gender role expectations. Handfuls of her poetry were published in the 1830s and 1840s prior to Hours of LIfe's publication in 1853. In it, one perceives the influences of the Spiritualist movement of antebellum New England, the stylistics of Edgar Allan Poe, and of Whitman's own personal faith journey.
Original brown stamped cloth boards with gilt titles on spine. Spine extremities and lower board corners rubbed. Binding holding delicately; interior pages/text clean. More pictures available by request.