Ella Wheeler Wilcox was an American author and poet. Her best-known work was Poems of Passion. Her most enduring work was "The Way Of The World", which contains the lines, "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone". Her autobiography, The Worlds and I, was published in 1918, a year before her death.
She was born in 1850 on a farm in Johnstown, Wisconsin, east of Janesville, the youngest of four children. The family soon moved north of Madison. She started writing poetry at a very early age, and was well known as a poet in her own state by the time she graduated from high school.
On May 1, 1884, she married Robert Wilcox in Milwaukee, Wisconsin . They had one child, a son, who died shortly after birth.
Ella claimed descent on her mother's side from Pocahontas.
Ella's last Will and Testament
"The Evolution of Ella Wheeler Wilcox and other Wheelers" by Marcus P. Wheeler.
The Story of a Literary Career by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Obituary in The New York Times Friday, October 31, 1919
The Worlds and I by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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