Strangers to Us All Lawyers and Poetry

Edgar Lee Masters


Edgar Lee Masters
Modern American Poetry

Edgar Lee Masters

Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive


Edgar Lee Masters
Shepards, Egypt, March 19, 1921


[Selected Poems from Spoon River Anthology] [Clarence Darrow Poems] ["Silence"] ["Anne Rutledge"] ["Lucinda Matlock"] ["The Hill"]


Edgar Lee Masters Home and Museum
[4:40 mins.]

CBS Radio Workshop: The Spoon River Anthology
[25:24 mins.]

Spoon River Anthology
[1:39:50 mins.]
[An original adaptation by Dennis Dore and Margaret Lundberg, performed by Encore Players Community Theatre in Trumansburg, New York from April 9-12, 2015. A celebration of the 100th anniversary of Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology]


Edgar Lee Masters, A Book of Verses (Chicago: Way & Williams, 1898) [online text]

_______________, The Blood of the Prophets (Chicago: Rooks Press, 1905) [online text] [online text] (Rooks Press, 1976)(Rooks Press, 1979)(pseud. Dexter Wallace)

______________, Songs & Sonnets (Chicago: Rooks Press, 1910)(pseud. Webster Ford) [online text] [online text]

______________, Songs & Sonnets: Second Series (Chicago: Rooks Press, 1912)(pseud Webster Ford)

______________, Spoon River Anthology (New York: Macmillan Company, 1915) [online text] (New York: MacMillan, 1916) [online text]

______________, Songs and Satires (New York: Macmillan Company, 1916) [online text]

______________, The Great Valley (New York: Macmillan Company, 1916) [online text]

________________, Toward the Gulf (New York: Macmillan Company, 1918) [online text] [online text]

______________, Starved Rock (New York: Macmillan Company, 1919) [online text]

______________, Doomsday Book (New York: Macmillan, 1920) [online text]

______________, The Open Sea (New York: Macmillan, 1921) [online text]

______________, The New Spoon River (New York: Boni and Liverright, 1924)

______________, Selected Poems (New York: Macmillan, 1925)

______________, Lee; a Dramatic Poem (New York: Macmillan, 1926)

______________, Kit O'Brien ([New York]: Boni & Liveright, 1927)

______________, Jack Kelso; A Dramatic Poem (New York: D. Appleton, 1928)

______________, The Fate of the Jury: An Epilogue to Domesday Book (New York: D. Appleton, 1929)

______________, Lichee Nuts (New York: H. Liveright, 1930)

______________, Godbey: A Dramatic Poem (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1931)

______________, The Serpent in the Wilderness (New York: Sheldon Dick, 1933)

______________, Dramatic Duologues: Four Short Plays in Verse (New York: Samuel French, 1934)

______________, Richmond: A Dramatic Poem (New York: Samuel French, 1934)

______________, Invisible Landscapes (New York; Macmillan, 1935)

______________, Poems of People (New York: Appleton-Century, 1936)

______________, The Golden Fleece of California (Weston, Vermont: Countryman Press, 1936)(Original wood engravings by Randolph Wardell Johnston)

______________, The New World (New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1937)

______________, The Tide of Time (New York: Farrar and Rinehart, 1937)

______________, More People (New York: Appleton-Century, 1939)

______________, Illinois Poems (Prairie City, Illinois: Press of J.A. Decker, 1941)

Frank K. Robinson (ed.), The Harmony of Deeper Music: Posthumous Poems of Edgar Lee Masters ([Austin]: Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, 1976)

Herbert K. Russell (ed.), The Enduring River: Edgar Lee Masters' Uncollected Spoon River Poems (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1991)

Poetry in Anthologies

Edgar L. Masters, "An Ancient Jurist," in Ina Russelle Warren (ed.), The Lawyer's Alcove: Poems by the Lawyer, for the Lawyer and About the Lawyer 112 (New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1900)(Buffalo, New York: William S. Hein & Co., Inc., 1990)


Edgar Lee Masters, Across Spoon River: An Autobiography (New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1936)(New York: Octagon Books, 1969)(Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1991)


Edgar Lee Masters, Maximilian: A Play in Five Acts (Boston: Richard G. Badger, 1902) [online text]

_______________, The New Star Chamber and Other Essays (Chicago: Hammersmark, 1904)(pseud. Dexter Wallace) [online text]

______________, Althea: A Play in Four Acts (Chicago: Rooks Press, 1907)

______________, The Trifler: A Play (Chicago: Rooks Press, 1908)

______________, The Leaves of the Tree: A Play (Chicago: Rooks Press, 1910)

______________, Eileen: A Play in Three Acts (Chicago: Rooks Press, 1910)

______________, The Locket: A Play in Three Acts (Chicago: Rooks Press, 1910)

______________, The Bread of Idleness: A Play in Four Acts (Chicago: Rooks Press, 1911)

______________, Mitch Miller (New York: Macmillan, 1920) [online text]

______________, Children of the Marketplace (New York: Macmillan, 1922) [online text]

______________, Skeeters Kirby (New York: Macmillan Company, 1923)

______________, The Nuptial Flight (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1923)

______________, Mirage (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1924)

______________, Levy Mayer and the New Industrial Era: A Biography (New Haven, Connecticut: Rachel Mayer, 1927)("under the direction of the Yale University Press")

______________, Gettysburg, Manila, Acoma (New York: H. Liveright, 1930)

______________, Lincoln, the Man (New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1931)

______________, The Tale of Chicago (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1933)

______________, Vachel Lindsay: A Poet in America (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1935) [Vachel Lindsay]

______________, Whitman (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1937)

______________, The New World (New York: Appleton-Century, 1937)

______________, Mark Twain: A Portrait (New York: Scribner, 1938)

______________ (ed.), The Living Thoughts of Emerson (New York: Longmans, Green and Company, 1940)

______________, The Sangamon (New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1942)(illustrated by Lynd Ward)(Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1988)

______________, Along the Illinois (Prairie City, Illinois: James A. Decker, 1942)


Herbert K. Russell, Edgar Lee Masters: A Biography (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001)

Bibliography: Law

John V. Orth, The Law in Spoon River, 16 (3) Legal Stud. F. 301 (1992)

Steven Richman, Edgar Lee Masters and the Poetics of Legal Realism, 31 Cal. W. L. Rev. 103 (1994)

Michael Stanford, The Cyclopean Eye, The Courtly Game, Admissions Against Interest: Five Modern American Lawyer Poets, 30 Legal Stud. F. (2006) [online text]

Randall Tietjen, Clarence Darrow & Edgar Lee Masters, 13 Green Bag 2d 411 (2010) [online text]


Rudolph Altrocchi, Edgard Lee Masters and Joinville (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins press, 1930)

August Derleth, Three Literary Men: A Memoir of Sinclair Lewis, Sherwood Anderson and Edgar Lee Masters (Candlelight Press, 1963)

John T. Flanagan, Edgar Lee Masters: The Spoon River Poet and His Critics (Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow Press, 1974)

John E. Hallwas & Dennis J. Reader (eds.), The Vision of This Land: Studies of Vachel Lindsay, Edgar Lee Masters, and Carl Sandburg (Macomb, Illinois: Western Illinois University, 1976)

Llewllyn Jones, Edgar Lee Masters; Critic of Life (Bloomington, Illinois: American Review, 1924)

Hardin W. Masters, Edgar Lee Masters: A Biographical Sketchbook about a Famous American Author (Rutherford, New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1978)

_______________, Edgar Lee Masters: A Centenary Memoir-Anthology (South Brunswick: A.S. Barnes and Company, 1972)

Ronald Primeau, Beyond Spoon River: The Legacy of Edgar Lee Masters (1981)

John H. Wrenn & Margaret M. Wrenn, Edgar Lee Masters (New York: Twayne, 1983)

Michael Yatron, America's Literary Revolt (Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press, 1969)(1959)

Bibliography: Articles

John T. Flanagan, A Decade of Middlewestern Autobiography, 26 (2) Centennial Review 115-133 (1982)(discussion of autobiographies written in the 1930s by authors with origins in the Midwest, including Clarence Darrow and Edgar Lee Masters)

Matthew D. Norman, An Illinois Iconoclast: Edgar Lee Masters and the Anti-Lincoln Tradition, 24 (1) Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association ___ (Winter, 2003) [online text]

Michael Stanford, The Cyclopean Eye, The Courtly Game, Admissions Against Interest: Five Modern American Lawyer Poets, 30 Legal Studies Forum 9 (2006) [online text]