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Vintage ads for vintage books– at Flavorwire.

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As we luxuriate in the Lost Generation, we might send lyrical birthday greetings to Edgar Lee masters; he was born on this date in 1868.  In all, Masters published twelve plays, twenty-one books of poetry, six novels and six biographies, including those of Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Vachel Lindsay, and Walt Whitman.  But he is best remembered for the Spoon River Anthology.  A friend had given him a copy of Epigrams from the Greek Anthology, a collection of 4,000 poems written between 700 B.C. and 1000 A.D.; the short autobiographical poems inspired Masters to write his masterpiece– and thus to have the deep influence that he did on writer in the 20s.

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Written by LW

August 23, 2012 at 1:01 am

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