Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Edgar Guest, the Most Famous Forgotten Poet in American History

Speaking in Tongues. Where pop meets Modernism. (Slate, 10/4/2011)

Excerpt:   The most famous poet in American history sold a million copies of his book, back in the days when a million was a lot. He had his own weekly radio show and even, for a while, his own television show. His poetry was syndicated and appeared in hundreds of newspapers. For many years he published a new poem every day—and he did not miss deadlines. And yet, as fame goes, few people today know the name of Edgar Guest (1881-1959).


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