Author: Edgar Guest

Edgar Guest, photo by D.D. Spellman, 1933, LOC

Edgar Guest (1881–1959), today little known or read, was a prolific, British-born, and popular American poet in the first half of the twentieth century, much beloved by American readers (and known as “the People’s Poet”) for his optimistic and sentimental verse. An immigrant to the United States when he was ten, Guest started writing at age fourteen for the Detroit Free Press as a police reporter and then composer of daily rhymes, which eventually became so popular that they were nationally syndicated. His poetry offered simple and sentimental reflections on daily life, and he published numerous collections before passing away at the age of seventy-seven in 1959.

Thanksgiving, 1917

Edgar Guest

Edgar Guest (1881–1959), today little known or read, was a prolific, British-born, and popular American poet in the first half of the twentieth century, much beloved by American readers (and known as “the People’s Poet”) for his optimistic and sentimental verse. An immigrant to the United States when he was ten, Guest started writing at age 14 for the Detroit Free Press as a police reporter and then composer of daily rhymes, which eventually became so popular that they were nationally syndicated.