Ella Wheeler Wilcox Day: Poetry readings & talk

Uncover Branford
Uncover Branford
Public group

Orchard House

421 Short Beach Road · Branford, CT

How to find us

Meet at Orchard House and we'll shuttle over to the Wilcox house

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Meet at Orchard House at 10:45 AM, and we'll shuttle over to the property, which is just up the road.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (November 5, 1850 – October 30, 1919) was a popular poet & author at the turn of the century. Her works include Poems of Passion and Solitude, 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. Her and her husband lived in Granite Bay in the Short Beach section of Branford, Connecticut. The two homes they built, along with several cottages, became known as Bungalow Court, and they would hold gatherings there of literary and artistic friends.

You're invited to a poetry reading and talk on the grounds of Wilcox's home, which exists and is occupied to this day. The owner has graciously opened her yard to us, to meet and talk about Ella Wheeler Wilcox and her writings.

Following the discussion, we'll adjourn to a nearby restaurant for lunch.