Review Index
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

"New 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. 408

"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 100w

New York Times 19:367 Ag 30 1914 70w

The Beautiful Land of Nod.
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 1914.
Poems of Passion.

The Boston Daily Globe 24 Jun. 1883: 13.

Poems of Power.

New York Times Book Review
November 15, 1902, p. 778

Sailing Sunny Seas.

New 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

Dial, 13 (1892: May 1/Dec. 16) 397
The Story of a Literary Career.
    "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 Giles Ruddy.
    "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 Citizen.
    "Written in an attractive, intimate style which makes it very interesting."--Gouverneur Northern Tribune.
    "This little autobiography of hers is inspiration incarnate.
*  *  *  The book is a think of beauty."--Springfield Union.
    "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.
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].
Three Women.
New 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

The Worlds and I (Book Review) by Virginia Woolf  in The Athenaeum, 19th September, 1919.
"Wilcoxiana" by Virginia Woolf

The Worlds and I (Book Review)
New York Times Book Review
March 16, 1919, p. 135

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