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mastersOn this day, August 23, in 1868, Edgar Lee Masters was born in Garnett, Kansas. Although he was a novelist, playwright, and biographer, it was his work as a poet that brought him widest acclaim. His 1915 collection of unconventional poems chronicling small town life, Spoon River Anthology, was wildly successful upon publication, and lives on today as live stage performances in high schools and community theaters across the USA. Masters died in 1950 at the age of 81.