Books: Poetess of Passion

PERIOD PIECE: ELLA WHEELER WILCOX AND HER TIMES — Jenny Ballou— Houghton. Mifflin ($3).

Ella Wheeler Wilcox* wrote the first of many pricelessly bad novels at the age of nine in the year of Grant's Wilderness Campaign. One of the last and most notable of her countless poems was Soldiers, Come Back Clean, published by Hearst's New York Journal in the year of the battle of Cambrai. It ran: I may lie in the mud of the trenches, I may reek with blood and mire, But I will control, by the God in my soul, The...

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