Chicago: Belford, Clarke & Co., 1883. Cloth. 16mo (6.9 in, 17.6 cm).  5-160 pp. Donahue & Henneberry, printers and binders, Chicago.
First edition: specified publisher. Well-read, Ella Wheeler (1850-1919) wrote her first novel at nine, published an essay at fifteen, and made a substantial living as a writer by eighteen. When a publisher criticized Poems of Passion for "immorality," Wheeler garnered nationwide attention. Sixty-thousand copies of Poems of Passion were sold in two years. Suggestively celebratory of female sexuality, Wheeler's poetry shocked her Victorian audience. She also addressed social problems through fiction and editorials. Wheeler had a phenomenal following and was prolific her entire life.
Feminist Companion 1164. ANB. Ellawheelerwilcox org. Beveled cloth with gilt lettering; front cover with scripted title and signature of author in gilt. Floral endpapers. Heavy-stock pages. Front free endpaper with faint signature. Binding lightly soiled, spine ends flattened, hinges starting, check mark. Well-preserved, tight, and clean book. Very good. Item #1120