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Edgar Lee Masters
(1869 - 1950)

Timeline
1868 Born 23 August in Garnett, Kansas
1869 Family moves to Illinois
1891 Admitted to the Illinois Bar
1892 Moves to Chicago, works as bill collector
1893 Forms a law partnership with Kickham Scanlan
1898 Marries Helen M. Jenkins on 21 June; A Book of Verses published
1899 Son Hardin born
1902 Maximilian published
1903 Joins Clarence Darrow's law firm
1904 The New Star Chamber published; daughters Madeline and Marcia born
1905 Blood of the Prophets published
1907 Althea published
1908 The Trifler published
1909 Has affair with Tennessee Mitchell, wife refuses to divorce him; The Leaves of the Tree published
1910 Songs and Sonnets, Eileen and The Locket published
1911 Returns to private law practice; The Bread of Idleness published
1912 Songs and Sonnets: Second Series published
1915 Spoon River Anthology published
1916 Songs and Satires and The Great Valley published
1917 Leaves wife and family
1918 Toward the Gulf published
1919 Starved Rock published
1920 Gives up law practice and moves to New York; Domesday Book and Mitch Miller published
1921 Travels in Europe; The Open Sea published
1922 Divorces wife; Children of the Market Place published
1923 The Nuptial Flight and Skeeters Kirby published
1924 Extensive Lecture Tour; The New Spoon River and Mirage published
1925 Selected Poems and Lee: A Dramatic Poem published
1926 Marries Ellen Coyne
1927 Levy Mayer and the New Industrial Era and Kit O'Brien published
1928 Son Hilary Masters born; Jack Kelso: A Dramatic Poem published
1929 The Fate of the Jury: An Epilogue to Domesday Book published
1930 Lichee Nuts and Gettysburg, Manila, Acoma: Three Plays published
1931 Lincoln: The Man and Godbey: A Dramatic Poems published
1933 The Serpent in the Wilderness and The Tale of Chicago published
1934 Dramatic Duologues: Four Short Plays in Verse published
1934 Richmond: A Dramatic Poem published
1935 Invisible Landscapes and Vachel Lindsay: A Poet in America published
1936 Poems of People, The Golden Fleece of California and Across Spoon River: An Autobiography published; Awarded Mark Twain silver medal
1937 Whitman, The Tide of Time, Hymn to the Unknown God: New Age Ministry of Religious Research and The New World published
1938 Mark Twain: A Portrait published
1939 More People published
1940 The Living Thoughts of Emerson published
1941 Poetry Society of America Award; Illinois Poems published
1942 Receives grants from American Academy of Arts and Letters and National Institute of Arts and Letters; Along the Illinois and The Sangamon published
1944 Receives Shelley Memorial Award
1950 Dies 5 March in a convalescent home in Philadelphia
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