Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959

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Guest was born Aug. 20, 1881 in Eng., the son of Edwin and Julia Guest. He graduated from Central High School in Detroit (Mich.) in 1897. He started writing when age 14. Guest worked as a newspaper man for the Detroit Free Press, 1895-1959. He did radio presentations and his verse was syndicated across the country. Guest married and had two children. He was frequently referred to as "The Poet of the Plain People". Guest died in 1959. (Information from Michigan Authors, pp. 146-147.) The Clarke Historical Library also has over 30 of his published works.

From the description of Papers, 1909, 1956. (Clarke Historical Library). WorldCat record id: 44175920

Special writer for the Detroit Free Press, poet, and lyricist.

From the description of Edgar A. Guest papers, 1898-1950. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 85778446

From the description of Edgar A. Guest papers, 1908-1931 and undated. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34423413

Wrote daily rhymes for Detroit Free Press. Born in England, immigrated in 1891.

From the description of Letter : Detroit, Mich., to Robley Durham Stevens, Baltimore, Md., 1936 April 13. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 32483640

English author.

From the description of Letter, 1943. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122486866

Poet.

From the description of Letter of Edgar A. Guest, 1922. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79452059

Born in Birmingham, Eng. Aug. 20, 1881, came to Detroit with his family when nine years old. In 1895 started work with Detroit Free Press and began publishing poems three years later. First commercially published book of poems in 1916 A Heap O' Livin sold half million copies. In 1906 married Ellen Crossman who died in 1945. Had two children Edgar A. Jr. (Bud) and Janet. Died in Detroit Aug. 5. 1959. (from B.H.C. Biog. file) (blue index cards)

From the description of Edgar A. Guest papers, 1909-1958. (Detroit Public Library). WorldCat record id: 664724181

Edgar A. Guest was born August 20, 1881 in Birmingham, England. He immigrated with his family to the United States in the early 1890s, settling in Detroit. In 1895 he came to work for the Detroit Free Press as an office boy. He later moved to the news department as a cub reporter. One temporary assignment had Guest clipping filler items (such as poetry) for reprinting. On his own, he began writing similar kinds of verse and offering them to the newspaper for publication. The newspaper soon gave Guest his own column which he filled with sentimental poetry and observations on daily life. His poetry appealed to Detroits's and then with republication, to the nation's common folk. Guest wrote about family, home, patriotism, and the pleasures of everyday life. Collections of his verse became enormous best selling books with titles such as A heap o' livin' ; Just folks ; When day is done ; and Over here (written during World War I.). During the 1930s, Guest was host of two different radio programs where he read his poetry and offered his own observations on the times.

Guest was employed by the Detroit Free Press for over sixty-five years. He died August 5, 1959.

From the guide to the Edgar A. Guest Papers, 1898-1950, (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Guest Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Letter, 1925 June 11, Detroit, Michigan [to] Mr. Edwin Markham, [Staten Island] / Edgar A. Guest. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn Charles Follen Adams papers, 1857-1917. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Fritsch, Hedwig A. (Hedwig Adelheid). The change / poem by Edgar A. Guest ; [music by] Hedwig A. Fritsch. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Letter to Muriel Blodgett. [Detroit, MI.]. 1929 Sep. 9. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Shirley Wheeler Smith Papers, 1881-1959 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Dean, William B. (William Blake), 1838-1922. William Blake Dean and family papers, undated and 1813, 1851-1937. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Couzens, James, 1872-1936. James Couzens papers, 1903-1940. Library of Congress
creatorOf Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Edgar A. Guest papers, 1909-1958. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
creatorOf Wells, Carlton F. (Carlton Frank), 1898-. Carlton F. Wells papers, 1910-1993. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Letter to Carl Glick. Detriot, MI. 1953 Jun. 22. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Hayden, Joseph Ralston, 1887-1945. Joseph Ralston Hayden papers, 1854-1948. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Mertz, William C. Papers, 1892,1966. Clarke Historical Library
referencedIn Alexander G. Ruthven Papers, 1901-1961, 1906-1951 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Letter to Albert Woellhaf. Detroit, MI. 1927 Mar. 30. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Autograph letter signed : New York, New York, to Mr. Schwartz, 1941 June 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Stellanova Osborn papers, 1907-1988 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Labadie, Jo, 1850-1933. Jo Labadie papers, 1880-1931. University of Michigan
referencedIn Joseph Ralston Hayden Papers, 1854-1975 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Knudsen, William S., 1879-1948. Papers of William and Semon Knudsen, 1896-1998. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
creatorOf Fitzgerald, Frank D. (Frank Dwight), 1885-1939. Frank Dwight Fitzgerald papers, 1928-1944. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Letter to Francis Harvey Green. Detriot, MI. 1917 Sep. 21. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn James Frederick Lawton papers, 1908-1969 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Papers, 1835, 1885, 1897-1977 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Lawton, J. Fred (James Frederick), 1888-1969. James Frederick Lawton papers, 1908-1969. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Beal, Junius E. (Junius Emery), 1860-1942. Junius Emery Beal papers, 1869-1946. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf OAC Review Index. Poem : (untitled) / Edgar A. Guest, OAC Review, v.37, no.11, July 1925, p.429. University of Guelph
creatorOf Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Letter to E. T. Meredith. [Detroit, MI.]. [19--] University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Osborn, Stellanova, 1894-1988. Stellanova Osborn papers, 1916-1992. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Orton, Edgar J. Growing / poem by Edgar A. Guest ; music by Edgar J. Orton. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn American authors collection, 1832-1956. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Guest, Edgar Albert. Rhymes of childhood. Greater Victoria Public Library
creatorOf Stidger, William Leroy, 1885-1949. Letters to William Leroy Stidger, 1917-1949. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn James Couzens Papers, 1903-1940 Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Edgar A. Guest poem and note (MS 270), 1919-1921 University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.
creatorOf American Railway Association. Trade literature, 1899-1932 and n.d. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Edgar A. Guest papers, 1898-1950. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Letter, 1943. American Primers
creatorOf Scott, Fred Newton, 1860-1931. Fred Newton Scott papers, 1882-1931. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Letter to Jay Darling [and wife]. Detriot, MI. 1915 Jan. 2. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Louis A. Weil papers, 1904-1952 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Carlton F. Wells papers, 1910-1994 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Chase S. Osborn Papers, ca. 1870-1949, 1889-1949 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Letter : Detroit, Mich., to Robley Durham Stevens, Baltimore, Md., 1936 April 13. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Fred W. Green papers, 1881-1939 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf OAC Review Index. Poem : Just a wish / Edgar A. Guest, OAC Review, v.38, no.4, Dec. 1925, p.vi. University of Guelph
referencedIn Wilber M. Brucker Papers, 1877-1968 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Papers of Edgar A. Guest, 1926-1951. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Arthur J. Lacy Papers, 1891-1975 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Abe Lincoln : typescript, 1949 / Edgar A. Guest. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
referencedIn Fred Newton Scott papers, 1860-1931 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Hofreiter, Paul Wesley. Symphony no. 2 : "in the name of these states," op. 33 : for soprano (youth), alto (child), tenor (adult), bass soli, childrens [sic] choir, youth choir, adult choir and orchestra : in three movements / Paul Hofreiter ; texts by Thomas Paine, Walt Whitman, Edgar Guest, Paul Hofreiter, W.J. Linton, including the preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn Arthur Crew Inman Papers, Inman (Arthur Crew) Papers, 1856-1963 John Hay Library, Special Collections
creatorOf Green, Fred W. (Fred Warren), 1872-1936. Fred Warren Green papers, 1881-1939. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn John MacKay Shaw Collection, 1737-2007
referencedIn Frank Dwight Fitzgerald papers, 1928-1944, 1930-1939 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Letter of Edgar A. Guest, 1922. Library of Congress
referencedIn Morrison, Minnie T. Minnie T. Morrison papers, 1920-1957. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Junius E. Beal Papers, 1869-1946 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Letters, to Jo Labadie, 1910-1926. University of Michigan
creatorOf OAC Review Index. Poem : dynamo or cog / Ernest A. Guest, OAC Review, v.32, no.3, Nov. 1919, p.128. University of Guelph
creatorOf Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Papers, 1909, 1956. Clarke Historical Library
creatorOf Edgar A. Guest Papers, 1898-1950 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Weil, Louis A., 1878-1959. Louis A. Weil papers, 1904-1952. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Edgar A. Guest papers, 1908-1931 and undated. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf O'Hara, Geoffrey, 1882-1967. Oh, if I had only known! : said the keeper of the inn / words by Edgar A. Guest ; music by Geoffrey O'Hara. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Papers, 1872-1969. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Guest, Edgar A. (Edgar Albert), 1881-1959. Letter to Russell E. Silvus. Detroit, MI. 1943 Jan. 20. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Trueblood, Thomas C. (Thomas Clarkson), 1856-1951. Thomas Clarkson Trueblood papers, 1886-1946. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn William Blake Dean and family papers, undated and 1813, 1851-1937. Minnesota Historical Society.
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correspondedWith Adams, Charles Follen, 1842-1918 person
correspondedWith AMELIA MARY EARHART, 1897-1937 person
associatedWith American Railway Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Beal, Junius E. (Junius Emery), 1860-1942. person
associatedWith Blotgett, Muriel, person
associatedWith Boos, John E. person
associatedWith Brucker, Wilber Marion, 1894-1968 person
correspondedWith Couzens, James, 1872-1936. person
associatedWith Created by John MacKay Shaw person
associatedWith Darling, Jay N. (Jay Norwood), 1876-1962, person
associatedWith Dean, William B. (William Blake), 1838-1922. person
associatedWith Dean, William John, 1870-1941 person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Frank D. (Frank Dwight), 1885-1939. person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939 person
associatedWith Fritsch, Hedwig A. (Hedwig Adelheid) person
associatedWith Fuller, Watson, person
associatedWith Glick, Carl, 1890-1971, person
associatedWith Green, Francis Harvey, 1861- , person
associatedWith Green, Fred W. (Fred Warren), 1872-1936. person
associatedWith Gribbs, Roman S., 1925- person
associatedWith Hayden, Joseph Ralston, 1887-1945. person
associatedWith Hofreiter, Paul Wesley. person
correspondedWith Howe, E. W. (Edgar Watson), 1853-1937 person
associatedWith Inman, Arthur Crew, 1895- person
associatedWith Knudsen, William S., 1879-1948. person
associatedWith Labadie, Jo, 1850-1933. person
associatedWith Lacy, Arthur J. (Arthur Jay), 1876-1975 person
associatedWith Lawton, J. Fred (James Frederick), 1888-1969. person
associatedWith Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 person
associatedWith Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940, person
associatedWith Meredith, Edwin Thomas, 1876-1928, person
associatedWith Mertz, William C. person
associatedWith Milliken, William G., 1922- person
associatedWith Morrison, Minnie T. person
associatedWith OAC Review Index. corporateBody
associatedWith OAC Review Index. corporateBody
associatedWith OAC Review Index. corporateBody
associatedWith O'Brien, George, person
associatedWith O'Hara, Geoffrey, 1882-1967. person
associatedWith Orton, Edgar J. person
associatedWith Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), b. 1860 person
associatedWith Osborn, Stellanova, 1894-1988. person
associatedWith Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915- person
associatedWith Ruthven, Alexander Grant, 1882- person
associatedWith Schwartz, Mr, person
associatedWith Scott, Fred Newton, 1860-1931. person
associatedWith Silvus, Russell E., person
associatedWith Smith, Shirley Wheeler, 1875-1959 person
associatedWith Stevens, Robley Durham, person
associatedWith Stidger, William Leroy, 1885-1949. person
associatedWith Trueblood, Thomas C. (Thomas Clarkson), 1856-1951. person
associatedWith Tyman, Rhoda. person
associatedWith United Nations. corporateBody
associatedWith Weil, Louis A., 1878-1959. person
associatedWith Wells, Carlton F. (Carlton Frank), 1898- person
associatedWith Woellhaf, Albert, person
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Michigan
Michigan--Detroit
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Authors, American--Michigan--Detroit
Music--Michigan--Detroit
Authors, American
Newspapers
American poetry--20th century
Poetry
Detroit free press
Michigan authors--Poetry
Authors, English--20th century--Correspondence
Poets, American
Poets
Authors
Poets--Michigan--Detroit
Poetry--20th century
Freemasonry
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Birth 1881-08-20

Death 1959-08-05

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