Edgar Lee Masters

1868 - 1950

Political activist, Lawyer, and Poet.

Edgar Lee Masters began his career as a lawyer, and was greatly involved in politics. After having written several pamphlets criticizing Imperialism, provoked by the beginning of war in the Philippines, he was shunned by the conservative lawyers of Chicago and was forced to find employment with the radicals. During this time, he wrote most of his poetry.
Edgar Lee Masters dedicated his life to "Reforming" the American government, and, by the time of his death, felt that he had done so successfully.



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