Ethel Rolt Wheeler

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Ethel Rolt Wheeler

Ethel Rolt Wheeler (July 12, 1869, Lewisham, London – October 1958, Glasgow) was an English poet, author and journalist.

Ethel Rolt Wheeler was born Mary Ethel Wheeler, the daughter of the stone merchant Joseph Wheeler,[1] and Amina Cooke Taylor, both of whom were of Irish descent.[2] She wrote using the pen name Rolt Wheeler, as did her brother, the author and occultist Francis Rolt Wheeler. She was the granddaughter of the Cork shipbuilder Joseph Wheeler on her paternal side and author and anti-Corn law propagandist, William Cooke Taylor on her maternal side.[3]

In the 1890s she became a committee member of the Irish Literary Society of London and chair of the Irish Circle of the Lyceum Club.[4]

She was a prolific author and contributed to many journals including Dome, The Theosophical Review,[5] East and West, The Atlantic Monthly, The London Magazine, Irish Book Lover, Harper's Magazine,[6] The Butterfly,[7] The Anglo-Saxon Review[8] and Great Thought[8] as well as working for and contributing work to The Academy.[3] She also wrote in support of the suffragette movement in articles such as Fair Ladies in Revolt in The Englishwoman's Review[9]

In 1915 she is recorded as living at 59, Stradella Road, Herne Hill.[10]


  1. ^ Joseph and Amina are recorded as living at Grassmore House, Lewisham, Kent, England, on the 1881 census
  2. ^ The New York Times Saturday Review of Books, Saturday, September 3, 1910.
  3. ^ a b The Gissing Journal, Volume XXXII, number 3, July 1996
  4. ^ David James O’Donogheu, The poets of Ireland: a biographical and bibliographical dictionary of Irish writers of English verse, Hodges Figgis & Co., Dublin, 1912
  5. ^ An Index to The Theosophical Review 1897–1909 London.
  6. ^ Harper's Magazine, July 1908.
  7. ^ The FictionMags Index
  8. ^ a b A Bibliography of Yeats Criticism, 1887–1965, p. 271.
  9. ^ The Englishwoman
  10. ^ Transactions of the Royal Society of Literature of the United Kingdom, 1919.


  • Wheeler, Ethel (1903). Verses, R. Brimley Johnson;
  • Wheeler, Ethel (1905). The Year’s Horoscope, sonnets, The Brochure Series
  • Rolt-Wheeler, Ethel (1906). Behind the Veil, Tales, David Nutt, London
  • Rolt-Wheeler, Ethel (1910). Famous Blue-Stockings, Methuen, London
  • Rolt-Wheeler, Ethel (1913). Ireland’s Veils, and other poems, Elkin Mathews, London
  • Rolt-Wheeler, Ethel (1913). Women of the Cell and Cloister, Methuen, London
  • Gawsworth, John (ed.) (1937). Richards’ Shilling Selections from Modern Poets: Ethel Rolt-Wheeler, London

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