Edgar Lee Masters (23 August, 1868 – 5 March, 1950) was a poet and biographer from Kansas.
- Mr. Masters, born in Garnett, KS grew up in Illinois where he finished high school.
- His first published poems were under the name Dexter Wallace (Dexter was his mother’s maiden name, and Wallace was his father’s middle name).
- He was admitted to the Illinois bar after working in his father’s law office.
- Chicago was where Mr. Masters opened his first law partnership.
- Later on, when he established himself as a poet, he wrote under the name Webster Ford.
- A series of poems about his childhood in Western Illinois appeared in a St. Louis literary journal called Reedy’s Mirror. Contributors to the journal included Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, and Theodore Dreiser.
- By 1915 the poems were bound and sold as the Spoon River Anthology.
- Mr. Masters published sever other books of poems, but none were as successful as the Spoon River Anthology.
- Mr. Masters’ daughter, Marcia, became a poet and son, Hilary became a novelist.
- Hilary and Hardin, half brothers, wrote a memoir of their father.
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