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Full Name: Edgar Lee Masters
(1868-1950) Poet, author. In 1880 his family settled at Lewiston, Illinois, near the Spoon River. Masters attended school here, and studied at Knox College, but was mainly self-educated through wide reading, acquiring a lifelong love of poetry. He was admitted to the bar in 1891, and the next year moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he maintained a successful law practice until 1920. He lived at the Hotel Chelsea in the 1930s. Meanwhile, he had published poems and stories, chiefly in various newspapers. In 1913 William Marion Reedy, editor of "Reedy's Mirror" of Saint Louis, Missouri, gave Masters a copy of "Epigrams from the Greek Anthology." This inspired Masters' most famous work, "The Spoon River Anthology," epitaphs spoken by about 250 persons buried in the graveyard of a village in the Midwest, reveling their inner lives in terms which are imaginative but essentially pessimistic. He was the father of novelist Hilary Masters.
Author's Timeline:
1930 New York County
Masters lived at the Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan, New York, in the 1930s. 
1868 (Unknown) County
Edgar Lee Masters was born in Garnett, Kansas, in 1868. 
1950 (Unknown) County
Edgar Lee Masters died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1950. 
1915 (Unknown) County
Spoon River Anthology
Collection of poetry. 
1950 (Unknown) County
Edgar Lee Masters is interred at Oakland Cemetery, Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois. 
1924 (Unknown) County
The New Spoon River
Collection of poetry. 
1991 (Unknown) County
The Enduring River: Edgar Lee Masters' Uncollected Spoon River Poems
Edited by Herbert K. Russell. 
1916 (Unknown) County
Songs And Satires
Collection of poetry. 
1916 (Unknown) County
The Great Valley
Collection of poetry. 
1918 (Unknown) County
Toward The Gulf
Collection of poetry. 
1919 (Unknown) County
Starved Rock
Collection of poetry. 
1921 (Unknown) County
The Open Sea
Collection of poetry. 
1920 (Unknown) County
Mitch Miller
1938 (Unknown) County
Mark Twain: A Portrait

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