The Great Valley.

"Sand dunes stretched along the lake for miles": First edition of Edgar Lee Masters' The Great Valley; inscribed by him

The Great Valley.

MASTERS, Edgar Lee.

Item Number: 96231

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1916.

First edition of Masters’ early collection of poetry. 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 friendship of Edgar Lee Masters January 24-1928.” 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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