WILCOX, ELLA WHEELER (1850-1919),
Wisconsin poetaster, whose first book, Drops of Water (1872), a collection of temperance verse, was followed by nearly 40 volumes of romantic, unctuous verse, distinguished by a sentimental approach to spiritualistic, metaphysical and pseudo-erotic subjects. Her popular reputation was insured when Poems of Passion (1883) was rejected for 'immorality.' Her platitudes also found expression in many short stories, sketches, and novels. The Story of a Literary Career (1905) and The Worlds and I (1918) are autobiographical works.