The Art of Being Alive.
"A little volume made up of selections from what the author considers
the most helpful of her writings. The message which they carry is expressed
on the title-page as "Success through thought".
"Into all of the excerpts are fused the versatile author's enthusiasm
and sound perception and reasoning, and all tend toward the solution of
the immemorial problem of the human soul -- 'Is life worth living?' --
a problem insistent today as it never was before." -- Boston Transcript
(Aug. 5, 1914) 20. 220w
The Beautiful Land of Nod.
Thought and Horse Sense" by Walter de la Mare
A review of The Art of Being Alive
The Times Literary Supplement Thursday, September 3, 1914 p.
"The author applies the principles of thought to every condition of
daily life, to every class of people, and gives for every one helpful counsel
and good suggestions." -- Literary Digest 49:901 November 7, 1914
New York Times 19:367 Ag 30 1914 70w
Dial 13 (May 1/Dec. 16 1892): 397
Custer, and other poems.
Brooklyn Eagle Aug. 23, 1896.
Bookman; a Review of Books and Life 5 (April 1897): 172.
Poems. [Library ed.]
Bookman (London) portrait 36:supplement6 April 1909
Poems. [il by A. Ross.]
Bookman (London) illustrated 47;supplement28 December
Poems of Passion.
The Boston Daily Globe 24 Jun. 1883: 13.
Poems of Power.
York Times Book Review
November 15, 1902, p. 778
Sailing Sunny Seas.
York Times Book Review
February 26, 1910, p. 111
Sonnets of Sorrow and Triumph.
"These sonnets, dedicated to R.M.W., date back to 1886. Ella Wheeler
married Robert M. Wilcox in 1884. The first sonnet, "One of us two," predicts
the loneliness of one through the death of the other, and the dread is
echoed in "That day" in 1898, and re-echoed through the years until 1909.
Then come the "Sonnets of Sorrrow" from his death in 1916, and finally
those of Retrospection ending with the Triumphus with its closing lines
"Your dead dwell near -- you may commune with them." -- Reviewed by L.
Untermeyer Dial 65:21 Je 20 1918 240w
"Because of their exalted interpretation of the spiritual quality of
love, "Sonnets of Sorrow and Triumph" will take their place beside Mrs.
Browning's 'Sonnets from the Portuguese'." -- American Review of Reviews
37:333 Mr 1918 160w
The Story of a Literary Career.
Dial, 13 (1892: May 1/Dec. 16) 397
"This is the interesting autobiography of America's
Greatest Poet and Most Famous Woman Writer, supplemented by a charming
description of her Summer Home and Home Life, by her life-long friend Ella
"This little life story is written in Mrs. Wilcox's
own inimitable, clear cut fashion. It reads like a novel, yet it
is strictly true.
"Never before was so much life history written fully
and artistically in so little space; never so many charming thrills and
so much inspiration for the reader.
"And the book gives the details of her life, beginning
with pre-natal conditions, childhood, environment and pursuits. Her
first literary attempts, failures and successes are all recorded, along
with statements of the exact remuneration received for each manuscript
which found a publisher.
"The book is a thing of beauty."--Beverly Morning
"Written in an attractive, intimate style which
makes it very interesting."--Gouverneur Northern Tribune.
"This little autobiography of hers is inspiration
* * * The book is a think of beauty."--Springfield
"It is splendid reading matter and will prove
beneficial to mothers as well as struggling authors. It is an exceptionally
good work even for this well known writer."--Cottage Grove (Ore.) Leader.
"This little book is a literary and artistic
gem, well worth twice the price asked for it."--Oregon State Journal.
"It is a very interesting story of her early
efforts to secure a place in the literary world, and should be highly encouraging
to young people of literary capacity."--Sacramento (Cal.) Bee.
"Mrs. Wilcox tells her story with much sprightliness
and humor."--Jacksonville (Fla.) Times-Union.
"No brief paragraph could do justice to the impressiveness
of this modest volume of interesting facts about Mrs. Ella Wheeler Wilcox,
whose helpful, wholesome, hearty words have been a blessing--and are still
proving such--to numberless people the world over. The book is full
of inspiration to the worker, and a powerful source of encouragement to
all who would make the most of themselves. It is a book of pronounced
usefulness and a deserved tribute to genuine worth."--Boston Globe.
The book is a little beauty, wide margins, type
all set by hand with large initial letters at heads of chapters; printed
on beautiful "Balzac Antique eighty pound" paper, with fine half-tone illustrations
of Mrs. Wilcox and her home done on "natural enameled 150 pound."
All bound in "Old Stratford Parchment brown" with two colors. A regular
edition de luxe.
PRICE 50 CENTS
From: Good Books by Elizabeth Towne and Information About Ella Wheeler
Wilcox's New Autobiography and The Every Day Book by Suzanne Wardlaw.
Published by Elizabeth Towne: Holyoke, Massachusetts. [No date].
York Times Book Review
February 26, 1898, p.133
The Worlds and I.
"These intimate reminiscenes disclose to us the complete life of Ella
Wheeler Wilcox from her earliest babyhood days. The final chapters contain
much comment on spiritualistic phenomena. Her mother's dreams and ambitions
for the coming baby; the rather queer little girl's early life in the meagre,
discordant Wheeler household; her unique 'breaking into print'; her many
subsequent successes; her romance; her happy married life with its abundance
of acquaintances; and finally her great sorrow and the consolation she
found in spirit communion with her dead husband, are here recorded with
much vivid detail. Numerous photographs at the close of the book repeat
Mrs. Wilcox's narrative, presenting 'in a unique and appealing way the
chief events of Mrs. Wilcox's life to the beginning of 1919'."
"An autobiography concerned much with the trivial and sentimental, but
demanding respect for its entire sincerity." -- ALA Booklist
15:263 Ap 1919
Literary Digest (22 November, 1919): 32.
"Her meteoric career she discusses delightfully. Her American friends
compose a remarkable company of notable people." D. Karsner NY Callp10
F 9 1919 250w
St Louis Monthly 17:158 My 1919 50w
Springield Republican p6 F 12 1919 500w
"The provocative title [is one] in which one cannot but find artlessness,
egotism and lack of humour, besides the instinct for an 'arresting' headline
which helps the journalist to popularity though not beyond it. All these
are qualities which make for material success, and all are to be found
again and again in the story Mrs. Wilcox has to tell. But there are other
qualities also which compel admiration." -- The Times [London] Lit
Sup p 433 Ag 14 1919 1150w
Wisconsin Library Bulletin 15:112 Ap 1919 60w
Worlds and I (Book Review) by Virginia Woolf in The Athenaeum,
19th September, 1919.
"Wilcoxiana" by Virginia Woolf
Worlds and I (Book Review)
New York Times Book Review
March 16, 1919, p. 135
Sources: See Bibliography Sources
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