Biographical Sketches
Edgar Lee Masters: 1869 - 1950
Grew up in the same area as Abraham Lincoln
Wrote most poems in traditional from following Edgar Allen
Poe, John Keats, and Percy Shelley.
Small town life to him was oppressive, moved to Chicago and
created a huge law practice
The work, Epigrams From the Greek Anthology, would change
him as a writer. A book of epitapha
Masters wrote epitaphas for the people from his past and part.
He moved from structure to free verse.
Done for the people of Spoon River, a group widely wrought
with spiritual isolation.
His Spoon River Anthology became a best seller.
Gave up law in 1920 and focused on writing. Put out about one
book per year.