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Edith Franklin Wyatt (1873-1958), The Wind in the Corn, and other poems. New York: Appleton, 1917. Courtesy Internet Archive.

Edith Franklin Wyatt (September 14, 1873 - October 1958) was an American poet.[1]


Wyatt was born in Tomah, Wisconsin the daughter of Marian (LaGrange) and Franklin Wyatt.[2]

She attended Bryn Mawr College, 1892-1894. She taught at a private school for 5 years, then became an instructor at Hull House, a settlement house in Chicago. She lived in Chicago for the rest of her life.[1]

Her debut collection, Three Stories of Contemporary Chicago (1900), came to the attention of William Dean Howells, who publicly praised her early writing.[2]

She wrote an article for McClure's magazine on the 1909 Cherry Mine fire, which put her in demand during the 1910s as a social commentator and Progressive activist, promoting the causes of working-class women, child laborers, victims of the Eastland pleasure-boat disaster, and suffragists.[2]

She was a founding member of the board of Poetry magazine,[2] and 1 of the 3 members of the magazine's earliest advisory committee.[1]


American Women Writers: "Wyatt believed heterogeneous Americans share primarily the experience of migration: 'Movement through a variety of country' is, she declares, the unifying theme of the poems in The Wind in the Corn (1917). 'To a River God' exemplifies her poetry's dynamic attention to geography, unity-in-diversity theme, and ritualistic, chanting rhythms, which occasionally disintegrate into sing-song. Most admired were Wyatt's urban poems: 'November in the City' and 'City Equinoctial' epitomize her unconventional portrayal of natural cycles in city as well as country scenes."[2]




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To F W poem by Edith Wyatt Short Poetry Collection 14 Free Audio Poem

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Edith Franklin Wyatt,, Academy of American Poets. Web, Aug. 18, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Wyatt, Edith Franklin, American Women Writers: A critical reference guide from colonial times to the present, Gale, 2000., Web, Jan. 4,2019.
  3. Search results = au:Edith Wyatt, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, May 10, 2015.

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