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Edgar Lee Masters: A Biography

Russell, Herbert K.

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ISBN 10: 0252026160 / ISBN 13: 9780252026164
Published by University of Illinois Press
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Title: Edgar Lee Masters: A Biography

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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This is the first book-length biography of the author of the celebrated Spoon River Anthology . Masters was a partner in a law firm when, at age 46, his dream of literary success suddenly came true. This biography conveys the internal contradictions that drove Masters throughout his life, looking at his writing, his law career, his marriages and numerous affairs, and his inability to distinguish between trash and treasure in his own work. Russell is the first scholar to be allowed to read and quote from all of Masters' diaries, letters, and the unpublished chapters of his 1936 autobiography. Includes b&w photos. Russell is director for college relations at John A. Logan College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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"This is the first full biography of Masters, and it is also likely to be the last, Russell has done his job so well. Russell strikes just the right tone toward his deeply flawed subject: generous and empathic but also clear-sighted and unsentimental. Crisply written, meticulously research and documented, this is the biography of Masters for the foreseeable future." -- James Hurt, author of Writing Illinois: The Prairie, Lincoln, and Chicago.

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