Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Elinor Wylie (WI-lee) is primarily a poet, but she turned to long fiction to vary her writing days and to add to her income. Both genres received high praise as well as scathing criticism, and both were highly autobiographical. Her heroines were very like her, right down to their taste in clothing, and some of the other characters were easily recognizable. Her last two novels dealt with the long dead Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who could be her muse and ideal, her perfect love, because he was not there to disappoint or disillusion her.