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Masters, Edgar Lee (1868-1950) to Jewell Allen

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.181 Author/Creator: Masters, Edgar Lee (1868-1950) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Typed letter signed Date: 21 November 1936 Pagination: 1 p. 28 x 21.5 cm

Summary of Content: Masters writes in response to Allen's letter concerning his book "Across Spoon River." He discusses religion and reading, and suggests she read his poem "Prometheus" which was printed in "The Serpent in the Wilderness." He believes her atheism is similar to Buddhism since she believes in a life force and not God. He mentions his book, "Invisible Landscapes." Masters briefly compares and contrasts reality to self-pity.

People: Masters, Edgar Lee, 1868-1950

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: ReligionPoetryLiterature and Language Arts

Sub Era: The Great Depression

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