Edgar Lee Masters

Born in Kansas and raised in downstate Lewistown, Illinois, Edgar Lee Masters lived in Chicago from 1892 until 1920. An attorney, Masters formed a partnership with the great Clarence Darrow from 1903-1908. He had a prolific literary career, writing 21 books of poetry, 12 plays, 6 novels and 6 biographies. Harriet Monroe, the editor of Poetry Magazine, assisted Masters in getting Spoon River Anthology published in 1915. Nearly one hundred years later, Spoon River remains one of the great works of American poetry. Edgar Lee Masters will be inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame this December. >  Edgar Lee masters

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