Née Edith Jewell Bothwell
Author, Poet, Playwright
Author, Poet, Playwright
Born August 3, 1889, Yates Center, Kansas
Died June 1, 1963
Edith Jewell Bothwell Tull was born on August 3, 1889, in Yates Center, the seat of Woodson County, Kansas, and the Prairie Hay Capital of the World. At age twenty-two, she married Clarence Clyde Tull (1881-1968), an Indiana native recently removed to the University of Idaho, where he was an associate professor of English. Judging by Jewell's age (again, twenty-two), the date (June 13, 1912), and the place (Moscow, Idaho, the location of the university), I'm going to guess that she was a recent graduate of the University of Idaho who had caught the professor's eye. The couple made a honeymoon trip to Europe. Thereafter Jewell Bothwell Tull followed her husband in his teaching career, first to Dakota Wesleyan College in 1913 and eventually to Cornell College, located in Mount Vernon, Iowa. As a writer, Jewell contributed to the The Husk, the Cornell English Club review, and The Ollapod, the college humor magazine. She also wrote poems, short stories, and serials for Poetry, Woman's World, and The Farmer's Wife magazines. Her lone work for Weird Tales was the poem "Ghosts," published in the August 1930 issue of the magazine. Finally, Jewell Bothwell Tull authored two one-act plays, "The Slacker" (1917) and "The Forgotten Man" (1934), and a children's book, Sylvia of the Stubbles (1923).
Jewell Tull died on June 1, 1963, but I would like to add one more item of interest to this all-too-brief story of her life. In about 1918, she and her husband welcomed into their home a Swedish-American orphan named Signi Linea Falk. Born in Chicago in 1906, Signi received degrees from Cornell College, the University of Hawaii (1933), and the University of Chicago (1948). After teaching at various institutions, Dr. Falk settled into a twenty-four-year career at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1947. She wrote two studies of other authors, Tennessee Williams (1962) and Archibald MacLeish (1966). Even after retiring in 1971, she remained active and lived almost a century, passing away in 1998. A final note: Tennessee Williams, aka Thomas Lanier Williams (1911-1983), of whom Dr. Falk wrote, also contributed to Weird Tales in 1928 with his story "The Vengeance of Nitocris."
Jewell Bothwell Tull's Poem in Weird Tales
"Ghosts" (Aug. 1930)
If you look hard enough, you can find information on Jewell Bothwell Tull and her family, Clarence Clyde Tull and Signi Linea Falk. You might start at the website of Coe College and its biography of Dr. Falk.
|Woman's World, October 1933, with Jewell Bothwell Tull's byline on the cover as author of the novel Forfeit. I hope someone can help with the artist's name.|
|Finally, the cover of Jewell's play "The Forgotten Man."|
Text and captions copyright 2012 Terence E. Hanley