When planning his trip to America, Rupert Brooke suggested he might take a “message for the continent of America and for Ella Wheeler” (Hollis, 67).
Ella travelled to France during the First World War to read poetry to the American Troops. They were very pleased to see her and really appreciated her performances. In spite of her fame, Ella Wheeler Wilcox is now one of the ‘forgotten’ poets of the First World War.
Ella features in Volume 1 of Female Poets of the First World War available from www.poshupnorth.com
Also available as a download.
Source: “Now all Roads lead to France The Last Years of Edward Thomas” by Matthew Hollis (Faber & Faber, London, 2012)