Edgar Lee Masters

Edgar Lee Masters Biography.com

Author, Poet(1868–1950)
Poet and novelist Edgar Lee Masters wrote Spoon River Anthology, a series of epitaphs spoken from the grave by former residents of a fictitious small town.

Synopsis

Poet and novelist Edgar Lee Masters (born August 23, 1868) grew up on his grandfather's farm, then became a lawyer in Chicago. His poetry and plays went largely unnoticed until the 1915 publication of Spoon River Anthology, a collection of 245 free-verse epitaphs "spoken" from the grave by the former inhabitants of a fictitious small town.

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