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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Edgar Lee Masters: Selected full-text books and articles

Spoon River Anthology By Edgar Lee Masters Macmillan, 1923 (New edition)
The New Spoon River By Edgar Lee Masters Boni and Liveright, 1924
Spoon River Revisited By 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 By 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 By 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 By 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 By Max Putzel Harvard University Press, 1963
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 17 "Crossing Spoon River"
A History of American Letters By Walter Fuller Taylor American Book, 1936
Librarian’s tip: "Edgar Lee Masters" begins on p. 400
The Small Town in American Literature By 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 By John T. Frederick Whittlesey House, 1944
Librarian’s tip: "The Hill" begins on p. 389
FREE! Toward the Gulf By Edgar Lee Masters Macmillan, 1918
FREE! Starved Rock By Edgar Lee Masters The Macmillan Company, 1919
Whitman By Edgar Lee Masters Biblo and Tannen, 1968
Vachel Lindsay; a Poet in America By Edgar Lee Masters Biblo and Tannen, 1969
Mark Twain: A Portrait By Edgar Lee Masters Biblo and Tannen, 1966
FREE! The Great Valley By Edgar Lee Masters Macmillan Company, 1917
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