Edgar Lee Masters

Edgar Lee Masters, 1869–1950, American poet and biographer, b. Garnett, Kans. He maintained a successful law practice in Chicago from 1892 to 1920. Masters's Spoon River Anthology (1915), a collection of epitaphs in free verse revealing the secret lives of dead citizens, was acclaimed for its treatment of small-town American life. Less successful volumes that followed include Starved Rock (1919), Domesday Book (1920), Poems of People (1936), and Illinois Poems (1941). His Lincoln the Man (1931) is a bitter and prejudiced attack. Other biographies are Vachel Lindsay (1935), Whitman (1937), and Mark Twain (1938).

See his autobiography Across Spoon River (1936).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Spoon River Anthology
Edgar Lee Masters.
Macmillan, 1923 (New edition)
The New Spoon River
Edgar Lee Masters.
Boni and Liveright, 1924
Spoon River Revisited
Lois Hartley.
Ball State Teachers College, 1963
Librarian’s tip: This is a book of literary criticism
A Library of Literary Criticism: Modern American Literature
Dorothy Nyren; Dorothy Nyren.
Frederick Ungar, 1960 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Masters, Edgar Lee (1868-1950)" begins on p. 326
American Poetry since 1900
Louis Untermeyer.
Henry Holt, 1923
Librarian’s tip: "Edgar Lee Masters" begins on p. 113
I Hear America ...: Literature in the United States since 1900
Vernon Loggins.
Biblo and Tannen, 1967
Librarian’s tip: "Edgar Lee Masters" begins on p. 147
The Man in the Mirror: William Marion Reedy and His Magazine
Max Putzel.
Harvard University Press, 1963
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 17 "Crossing Spoon River"
A History of American Letters
Walter Fuller Taylor.
American Book, 1936
Librarian’s tip: "Edgar Lee Masters" begins on p. 400
The Small Town in American Literature
Ima Honaker Herron.
Duke University Press, 1939
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Crusaders and Skeptics"
Out of the Midwest: A Collection of Present-Day Writing
John T. Frederick.
Whittlesey House, 1944
Librarian’s tip: "The Hill" begins on p. 389
FREE! Toward the Gulf
Edgar Lee Masters.
Macmillan, 1918
FREE! Starved Rock
Edgar Lee Masters.
The Macmillan Company, 1919
Whitman
Edgar Lee Masters.
Biblo and Tannen, 1968
Vachel Lindsay; a Poet in America
Edgar Lee Masters.
Biblo and Tannen, 1969
Mark Twain: A Portrait
Edgar Lee Masters.
Biblo and Tannen, 1966
FREE! The Great Valley
Edgar Lee Masters.
Macmillan Company, 1917
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