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EDGAR A. GUEST - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/02/1940 - HFSID 169224

EDGAR A. GUEST The prolific Michigan poet signs his name for a fan in black ink Typed letter signed: "Edgar A. Guest" in black ink. 1 page, 8½x11. Written on personal Detroit Free Press letterhead. Detroit, Michigan. December 2, 1940.

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EDGAR A. GUEST
The prolific Michigan poet signs his name for a fan in black ink
Typed letter signed: "Edgar A. Guest" in black ink. 1 page, 8½x11. Written on personal Detroit Free Press letterhead. Detroit, Michigan. December 2, 1940. In full: "My dear Miss Moore: Your letter which was forwarded to me has just reached me, and I am pleased to comply with you request for my signature. Thank you so much for your interest in me. Sincerely Yours". Edgar Guest (1881-1959) was born in England, but moved with his family to the US in 1891 and became a US citizen in 1902. A long-time employee of the Detroit Free Press, he worked his way up from copy boy to reporter to syndicated poet appearing in over 300 newspapers. He wrote over 11,000 poems and published more than 20 collections, beginning with A Heap o' Livin' (1916). His rhymed and metered poems, brimming with sentimental optimism, were scorned by some critics but loved by the general public. Well known examples included "Home" and "See It Through." Guest hosted shows on radio (1931-1942) and television (1951). The only person ever named Poet Laureate of Michigan, he was the great uncle of novelist Judith Guest. Normal mailing folds. Light surface creases. Corners rounded. Slightly soiled on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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