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To Helen

To Helen


by Edgar Allan Poe

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

After her death, Poe would visit Jane Stanard in the cemetery at night. As a woman who knew him explained: "It was his habit to visit nightly the cemetery where the object of his boyish idolatry lay entombed." SCARY! (Source.)

Nobody is really sure how Poe died. Some suspected causes include: alcoholism, severe beating, and brain lesions. (Source.)

Edgar Allan Poe is often considered to be the inventor of detective fiction. Elementary, our dear Shmoopers. (Source.)

In a letter to a woman actually named Helen, Poe referred to Jane Stanard as "Helen Stanard" and called her "the first, purely ideal love of my soul." (Source.)

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