Elinor Wylie (1885–1928) was an American poet and novelist popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Wylie's literary friends encouraged her to submit her verse to Poetry magazine. Poetry published four of her poems, including what became her most widely anthologized poem, “Velvet Shoes,” in May 1920. In 1923 she published Black Armor, which was a successful volume of verse. The New York Times enthused: "There is not a misplaced word or cadence in it. There is not an extra syllable." Elinor Wylie's literary output is impressive, given that her writing career lasted just eight years. In that brief period, she produced four volumes of poems, four novels, and enough magazine articles to make up an additional volume.