|Name:||Ella Wheeler Wilcox|
|Birth Day:||November 5, 1850|
|Death Date:||Oct 30, 1919 (age 68)|
Remembered for her 1883 collection Poems of Passion, Ella Wheeler Wilcox was most famous in her lifetime and beyond for the individual poem "The Way of the World." She also published a 1918 memoir titled The Worlds and I.
As per our current Database, Ella Wheeler Wilcox died on Oct 30, 1919 (age 68).
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By the time she had finished high school in Wisconsin, Ella Wheeler Wilcox had already earned a degree of local renown as a poet.
Ella Wheeler was born in 1850 on a farm in Johnstown, Wisconsin, east of Janesville, the youngest of four children. The family later moved north of Madison, after losing its wealth, as the result of her father's failed business aspirations and speculation. Wilcox's family held themselves to be intellectuals, and a mastery of the nuances of the English language was prized. During her childhood, Wilcox amused herself by reading books and newspapers, which may have influenced her later writing (most notably William Shakespeare, The Arabian Nights, The Diverting History of John Gilpin and Gulliver's Travels, in addition to the few other pieces of literature that were to be had in her home).
She sent the poem to the Sun and received $5 for her effort. It was collected in the book Poems of Passion shortly afterward in May 1883.
In 1884, she married Robert Wilcox of Meriden, Connecticut, where the couple lived before moving to New York City and then to Granite Bay in the Short Beach section of Branford, Connecticut. The two homes they built on Long Island Sound, along with several cottages, became known as Bungalow Court, and they would hold gatherings there of literary and artistic friends. They had one child, a son, who died shortly after birth. Not long after their marriage, they both became interested in theosophy, new thought, and spiritualism.
Early in their married life, Robert and Ella Wheeler Wilcox promised each other that whoever died first would return and communicate with the other. Robert Wilcox died in 1916, after over thirty years of marriage. She was overcome with grief, which became ever more intense as week after week went without any message from him. It was at this time that she went to California to see the Rosicrucian astrologer, Max Heindel, still seeking help in her sorrow, still unable to understand why she had no word from her Robert. She wrote of this meeting:
Wilcox was an advocate of animal rights and vegetarianism. She died of cancer on October 30, 1919 in Short Beach, Connecticut.
Currently, Ella Wheeler Wilcox is 171 years, 10 months and 23 days old. Ella Wheeler Wilcox will celebrate 172nd birthday on a Saturday 5th of November 2022.
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