Individual Author Record
Name:Pen Name: Webster Ford Genre: C:ADULT Poetry Born: August 23, 1868 in Garnette, Kansas Sites:
Illinois ConnectionMasters was raised in Petersburg and Lewistown in Menard County. He also lived in Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationEdgar Lee Masters was a poet, novelist and biographer. He was one of the most important poets of the Chicago Renaissance. His Spoon River Anthology (1915) beccame the single most widely read book of American poetry. He was raised in Petersburg and Lewistown, Illinois, and studied law and literature.Masters, along with Vachel Lindsay and Carl Sandburg, was one of the three important poets of the Chicago Renaissance. A Chicago lawyer, he wrote Spoon River Anthology (1915), a series of monologues in which residents of the small town of Spoon River speak from beyond the grave of the narrowness, constriction and disappointments of their lives. The book was immensely popular, becoming the single most widely read book of American poetry. It also had an important impact on the development of modern poetry, with its ironic, anti-romantic tone, freedom of form and plain, colloquial diction. Later works include a biography of Vachel Lindsay (1935), Across Spoon River (1936) and The Sangamon (1942).
*''Across Spoon River'', 1937 *''Along Illinois'', 1942 *''Domesday Book'', 1920 *''Invisible Landscapes'', 1935 *''Mark Twain: A Portrait'', 1938 *''More People'', 1939 *''Poems of People'', 1936 *''Spoon River Anthology'', 1915 *''The Fate of Jury'', 1929 *''The Golden Fleece of California'', 1936 *''The New Spoon River'', 1924 *''The Sangamon'', 1942 *''The Tide of Time'', 1937 *''Vachel Lindsay'', 1935 *''Whitman'', 1937