Elinor Morton Wylie (7 September, 1885 – 16 December, 1928) was an American poet and novelist who was very famous during the 1930s – 1940s.
Fun facts about Elinor Wylie:
- Born in Somerville, NJ as Elinor Morton Hoyt to a well-known family. The author’s grandfather, Henry M. Hoyt was the governor of Pennsylvania. Helen Hoyt, her aunt, was a poet. The author’s father, Henry Martyn Hoyt, Jr, was the United states Solicitor General from 1903 – 1909).
- As a child to a man with political ambitions, the young author spent much of her early years in Washington DC.
- During her lifetime Ms. Wylie was notorious for having multiple affairs and marriages.
- After her father passed away, the author left her husband and son to elope with Horace Wylie, a Washington lawyer, himself with a wife and children.
- The couple moved to England because they were ostracized by their family, friends and the press. They lived under an false name which caused such a big scandal in Washington DC that the author’s estranged husband committed suicide.
- In 1912 Ms. Wylie published a book of poems titled Incidental Number.
- The couple tried to have another child but failed numerous times. They came back to the United States already divorced.
- Living in New York City, the author hung around literary circle, her new friends encouraged her to submit her poems to Poetry magazine, which published four of her poems.
- In 1921 the author published her first poetry book, Nets to Catch the Wind, which was an immediate success.
- The author, who suffered from high blood pressure all of her adult life, succumbed to a stroke at age 43.
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