Wyatt, Edith, 1873-1958

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Chicago author and social activist.

During the century's first decade while teaching at Hull House and being active in The Little Room, Wyatt produced her best fiction, including poetry, short stories and her first novel. She also began to produce non-fiction work, much published in McClure's magazine, that reflected her commitment to social causes -- working-class women, child labor, stockyard animal abuses, and other societal problems she observed in Chicago. A friend of William Dean Howells, who admired her work, Wyatt was acquainted with many outstanding writers and reformers of her day. She was one of the founders of Poetry magazine, and was briefly an editor at McClure's.

From the description of Edith Wyatt papers, 1894-1968 (bulk 1894-1955). (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 45849683

Edith Franklin Wyatt, born in Tomah, Wisconsin on September 14, 1873, attended Bryn Mawr College from 1891 to 1893, and then spent most of her life writing and living in Chicago. Among her published works are: Every One His Own Way (1901); True Love (1903); Making Both Ends Meets (1911); Great Companions (1917); The Invisible Gods (1923); and The Satyr's Children (1939).

Las Casas. Adventures in a New World, an historical novel based on the life of Bartolome de Las Casas, was completed ca. 1953, but was never published.

From the guide to the Wyatt, Edith. Papers, 1953, (Special Collections Research Center University of Chicago Library 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.)

Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Addams, Jane, 1860-1935. person
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
associatedWith Casas, Bartolomé de las, 1474-1566. person
associatedWith Durkee, Cara Dana. person
associatedWith Fairbank, Janet Ayer, 1878-1951. person
associatedWith Fisher, Dorothy Canfield, 1879-1958. person
associatedWith Fuller, Henry Blake, 1857-1929. person
associatedWith Howells, Mildred, b. 1872. person
associatedWith Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920. person
associatedWith Iris, Scharmel, 1889-1967. person
associatedWith Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931. person
associatedWith Masters, Edgar Lee, 1868-1950. person
associatedWith McCutcheon, John T. (John Tinney), 1870-1949. person
associatedWith Midwest Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith OAC Review Index. corporateBody
associatedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. person
associatedWith Shapiro, Karl Jay, 1913-2000. person
associatedWith Tarbell, Ida M. (Ida Minerva), 1857-1944. person
associatedWith Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946. person
associatedWith Wilson, Edmund B. (Edmund Beecher), 1856-1939. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Chicago (Ill.)
Women novelists, American
Manuscripts, American
Women social reformers
Social action
Social settlements
American literature
Women journalists
Women poets, American


Birth 1873

Death 1958


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