Biography and History

American poet, dramatist, and biographer, Edgar Lee Masters is best known for Spoon River Anthology, a collection of first-person biographical poems spoken by the townspeople of his "fictional" Spoon River, published in 1915.

Source: From the finding aid for C0150

Biography and History

Edgar Lee Masters, American poet, novelist, and biographer, is best known as the author of the Spoon River Anthology (1915). Born in Garnett, Kansas, in 1868, he maintained a successful law practice in Chicago, Illinois, from 1892 to 1920, and made his debut as a poet in 1898 with A Book of Verse. After retiring from practicing law, he devoted himself entirely to writing. He died in Philadelphia on March 5, 1950.

Source: From the finding aid for C1035