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Nancy Mann Waddel Woodrow

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Nancy Waddel Woodrow, from a 1922 publication.
Nancy Waddel Woodrow, from a 1922 publication.
The Piper's Price poster, crediting Mrs. Wilson Woodrow for the story
The Piper's Price poster, crediting Mrs. Wilson Woodrow for the story

Nancy Mann Waddel Woodrow (born c. 1867 – September 7, 1935) was an American writer, often credited as Mrs. Wilson Woodrow.

Early life

Nancy Mann Waddel was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, daughter of William Waddel and Jane McCoy Waddel. (The family's surname is also seen as Waddle and Waddell.) As a young woman, Nancy Waddel was briefly the assistant editor of the Chillicothe Daily News.[1]


Novels by Nancy Waddel Woodrow, many of them focused on women characters in American West, included The Bird of Time (1907),[2] The New Missioner (1907),[3][4] The Silver Butterfly (1908, titled The Veiled Mariposa in serial form),[5] The Beauty (1910),[6] Sally Salt (1912),[7] The Hornet's Nest (1917),[8] Swallowed Up (1922),[9] Burned Evidence (1925), Come Alone (1929), The Second Chance (1931), and The Pawns of Murder (1932).[10]

She also wrote many short stories and essays published in magazines, and one play (The Universal Impulse, 1911).[1] At least two dozen films were made from stories by Nancy Waddel Woodrow,[11] starting from A Gypsy Madcap (1914) through six more "Olive" shorts starring Mabel Trunnelle in 1914 and 1915,[12] and The Piper's Price (1917), and ending with the only sound adaptation, Without Children (1935). "I've flitted from flower to flower," she explained in 1922, "short stories, novels, essays, the pictures, even a play. Sometimes I've flivvered, sometimes succeeded; but I've had a beautiful time."[13]

Personal life

Nancy Mann Waddel married mining engineer James Wilson Woodrow in 1897. He was a cousin of Woodrow Wilson. They divorced in 1905, but she was best known as "Mrs. Wilson Woodrow" for decades afterwards.[1] Nancy Mann Waddel Woodrow died in 1935, aged about 60 years.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b c Kimberly A. Costino. "Woodrow, Nancy Mann Waddel" American National Biography Online (2000).
  2. ^ Nancy Mann Waddel Woodrow, The Bird of Time (Phillips & Co. 1907).
  3. ^ Nancy Mann Waddel Woodrow, The New Missioner (McClure & Co. 1907).
  4. ^ "Nancy Mann Waddell Woodrow, The New Missioner (1907)" Buddies in the Saddle (September 27, 2012).
  5. ^ Nancy Mann Waddel Woodrow, The Silver Butterfly (Grosset & Dunlap 1908).
  6. ^ Nancy Mann Waddel Woodrow, The Beauty (Grosset & Dunlap 1910).
  7. ^ Nancy Mann Waddel Woodrow, Sally Salt (Bobbs-Merrill 1912).
  8. ^ Nancy Mann Waddel Woodrow, The Hornet's Nest (Little, Brown and Company 1917).
  9. ^ Nancy Mann Waddel Woodrow, Swallowed Up (Brentano's 1922).
  10. ^ Nancy Mann Waddel Woodrow, The Pawns of Murder (R. Long and R. R. Smith 1932).
  11. ^ Anne Morey, "'Would You Be Ashamed to Let Them See What You Have Written?' The Gendering of Photoplaywrights, 1913-1923" Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 17(1)(Spring 1998): 88-89. DOI: 10.2307/464326
  12. ^ "The Girl of the Open Road" The Edison Kinetogram (December 1914): 5.
  13. ^ Sewell Haggard, "Everybody's Chimney Corner" Everybody's Magazine (March 1922): 178.
  14. ^ "Woman Novelist Dies" Miami Daily News-Record (September 8, 1935): 2. via Newspapers.comopen access
  15. ^ "Writer's Funeral Planned" Baltimore Sun (September 9, 1935): 19. via Newspapers.comopen access
  • Works by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow at Project Gutenberg
  • Nancy Mann Waddel Woodrow at IMDb
  • Nancy Mann Waddel Woodrow, "Secret Chambers" in Catherine A. Lundie, ed., Restless Spirits: Ghost Stories by American Women, 1872-1926 (University of Massachusetts Press 1996): 175-191. ISBN 9781558490567
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