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Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox - Sketches of Wisconsin Pioneer Women


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"The World and I" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Ella Moon: A Novel Based on the Life of Ella Wheeler Wilcox" by Edward Ifkovic

"Wisconsin Writers" by the Wisconsin Historical Society

"Famous Wisconsin Women" by the Women's Auxiliary of the Wisconsin Historical Society


Vocabulary:

author
publicity
initial
rejection
immorality


Interesting Fact:

Ella Wheeler Wilcox wrote "Laugh and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone.


Study Questions:

  • How old was Ella when she wrote her first novel?
  • What topic did Ella focus on in her first book of poetry?
  • Read a poem written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. How does it make you feel?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Ella Wheeler Wilcox:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on October 30:

    1938: "The War of the Worlds" airs on the radio.



  • October 30

    October 30, 1919: Ella Wheeler Wilcox, author and poet, died. She lived on the family farm in Westport, Dane County, and attended the University of Wisconsin (1867-1868). Wilcox began writing at an early age. Her first major success, "Poems of Passion," had a wide readership due to the publicity that followed its initial rejection on the grounds of immorality.


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