6¢ Edgar Lee Masters
Issue Date: August 22, 1970
City: Petersburg, IL
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Lithographed, engraved (Giori)
Color: Black and olive bister
Edgar Lee Masters (1869-1950)
Masters was born in Garnett, Kansas. He wrote novels, poetry, plays, biography, and history. Masters is chiefly remembered for his “Spoon River Anthology,” a collection of 200 poems in free verse.
Spoon River is an imaginary Midwestern village, and each poem of the anthology is “spoken” by a deceased former resident of the town, providing a revealing look at the secret lives of small-town America. Each of the dead speakers attempts to illuminate the meaning of life on Earth.