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 Edgar Albert Guest

Edgar Albert Guest

Birth
Birmingham, Metropolitan Borough of Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Death 5 Aug 1959 (aged 77)
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Burial Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Plot Section 23, Lot 51, Grave 7
Memorial ID 427 · View Source
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Poet. He began his career as a copyboy at the Detroit Free Press in 1895. Other positions he held were police writer and exchanger editor. In 1904, he was writing verse for a popular daily feature "Breakfast Table Chat," and was syndicated in approximately three hundred other newspapers. In 1916, Edgar published A Heap O' Livin', which was a collection of verses that sold more than one million copies. He continued to publish other works that includes Just Folks (1918), Rhythms of Childhood (1924), Life's Highway (1933), and Living the Years (1949). Eddie Guest was his pen name. From 1931 to 1942, he hosted a weekly Detroit radio show. He was a lifetime member of Ashlar Lodge No. 91, after he was made a Freemason in Detroit. Guest wrote about 11,000 poems in his lifetime, for which Michigan made him Poet Laureate. He was known as the People's Poet, due to his poems being of everyday life, both inspiring and sentimental. Edgar’s grand-niece Judith Guest wrote Ordinary People.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 427
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edgar Albert Guest (20 Aug 1881–5 Aug 1959), Find A Grave Memorial no. 427, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .