Jack Kelso: A Dramatic Poem.

"I wonder if the wise and great, the winners, doers of hight estate, have idiot moments separate of nothingness from fullest life": First edition of Edgar Lee Masters' Jack Kelso: A Dramatic Poem; inscribed by him

Jack Kelso: A Dramatic Poem.

MASTERS, Edgar Lee.


Item Number: 96238

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1928.

First edition of Masters’ dramatic epic poem. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For S.D. Green with the best wishes of Edgar Lee Masters June 13-1928.” In near fine condition. An exceptional example.

American attorney, poet, and dramatist Edgar Lee Masters published twelve plays, twenty-one books of poetry, six novels and six biographies, including those of Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Vachel Lindsay, and Walt Whitman. Masters was awarded the Mark Twain Silver Medal in 1936, the Poetry Society of America medal in 1941, the Academy of American Poets Fellowship in 1942, and the Shelly Memorial Award in 1944. In 2014, he was inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

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