‘Worst in the world for discovering genius’

EL_Masters1915Current_opinion“Your newspapers are really wonderful in many ways; they are positively audacious, astonishing, but they are the worst in the world for discovering genius. … It was an awful shame that a second-rate critic from England should have to be called in to tell Americans who their poets are.” — John Cowper Powys (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 29, 1915)

Early praise for Illinois poet Edgar Lee Masters. His “Spoon River Anthology” was first published in 1915. (Post-Dispatch 3/29/1915)03-29-1915 spoon river cropped