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 Ella <I>Wheeler</I> Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Birth
Johnstown, Rock County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 30 Oct 1919 (aged 68)
Short Beach, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Short Beach, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 6875040 · View Source
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Poet. Born Ella Wheeler in Johnstown, Wisconsin, the youngest child of Sarah Pratt and Marcus Wheeler. In 1852, the Wheeler family settled in Westport, Wisconsin where she attended school. Her first published work appeared in the 'New York Mercury,' when she was 14. Her poems also appeared in the 'Waverly Magazine' and 'Leslie’s Weekly.' Her first collection, 'Drops of Water,’ was published in 1872, and was followed by ‘Shells,’ in 1873. In 1883, 'Solitude' was first published in an issue of 'The New York Sun,' and is probably her most quoted work. That same year, one of her best known collections, ‘Poems of Passion,’ appeared, and became a best seller of the day. It established her reputation as a poet of popular verse; she could not, however, seem to win over critics as thoroughly as she had the public. She married Robert Wilcox in 1884, and moved to Connecticut. Further poetry collections such as 'Poems of Pleasure' (1888); 'Custer and Other Poems' (1896), which included 'The Undiscovered Country,' 'Poems of Sentiment' (1906); 'Poems of Experience' (1910) which included 'The Voice of the Voiceless' and 'World Voices' (1918) followed. She interspersed her poetical efforts with the occasional work of fiction, including 'Mal Moulée '(1885), 'A Double Life' (1890), 'Sweet Danger' (1892), and 'A Woman of the World.' (1904). After her husband retired in 1906, they settled at Short Beach, Connecticut and she began a syndicated a advice column for the Hearst Newspapers rooted in her belief in the so-called New Thought Movement. Reportedly suffering from cancer, she nevertheless undertook a lecture and poetry-reading tour of Allied army camps in France during 1918. Her illness was apparently exacerbated by the conditions, and she returned home after having suffered what was called a nervous collapse. Her autobiography, 'The Worlds and I,’ was published that year, and she succumbed to illness the following year at age 68.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ella Wheeler Wilcox (5 Nov 1850–30 Oct 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6875040, citing Wilcox Estate Burial Site, Short Beach, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .