EDGAR LEE MASTERS - AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT SIGNED 09/23/1933 - HFSID 35525
Sale Price $1,530.00
EDGAR LEE MASTERS. Autograph Manuscript signed: "Edgar Lee Masters", 1p, 7½x9½. His poem, "Anne Rutledge", penned on a sheet of 17th century parchment (docketed "23 September 1619" in unknown hand on verso). Dated: "September 23, 1933" by Rutledge, who has subtracted the difference of the year of the docket and the year he wrote this poem ("314") at the lower right margin and initialed his calculation: "E.L.M". In full: "Out of me unworthy and unknown/The vibrations of deathless music:/'With malice toward none, with charity for all.'/Out of me the forgiveness of millions toward millions,/And the beneficent face of a nation/Shining with justice and truth./I am Anne Rutledge who sleep beneath these weeds,/Beloved in life of Abraham Lincoln,/Wedded to him, not through union,/But through separation./Bloom forever, O Republic,/From the dust of my bosom!" The American author and poet Edgar Lee Masters (1869-1950), who was a lawyer by profession (he was a member of Clarence Darrow's firm in Chicago), is best known for his Spoon River Anthology, a series of poems about his boyhood experiences in western Illinois, first published in serialized form in 1914-1915. He continued to write poetry, novels, essays and biographies for nearly 30 years after his most famous work was published. According to some accounts, Anne Rutledge of New Salem, Illinois (1803-1835) was the first love of Abraham Lincoln, who was reportedly grief-stricken when she suffered a fatal illness. Lightly creased and soiled. Stray ink marks at blank left margin. Overall, fine and interesting.
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