Edgar Albert Guest

1881–1959
Edgar Albert Guest

Edgar Guest began his career at the Detroit Free Press in 1895, where he first worked as a copyboy. He was soon promoted to police writer and later to exchange editor, and in 1904 he began writing verse for the Free Press under the heading "Chaff." Those columns evolved into an immensely popular daily feature entitled "Breakfast Table Chat," which, at the height of its popularity, was syndicated in about three hundred other newspapers. In 1916 Guest published A Heap O' Livin', a collection of verse that eventually sold more than one million copies. That work was followed by Just Folks (1918), Rhythms of Childhood (1924), Life's Highway (1933), and Living the Years (1949).

Career

Humorist, journalist, poet, and author; Detroit Free Press, copyboy, 1895, exchange editor, 1898, police writer, columnist, 1904.

Bibliography

  • Home Rhymes, from " Breakfast Table Chat", H.R. Guest (Detroit, MI), 1909.
  • Just Glad Things, n.p., (Detroit, MI), 1911.
  • Breakfast Table Chat, n.p., (Detroit, MI), 1914.
  • A Heap O'Livin, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1916.
  • Just Folks, Reilly and Britton (Chicago, IL), 1917.
  • James Whitcomb Riley, Reilly and Britton (Chicago, IL), 1917.
  • Over Here, Reilly and Britton (Chicago, IL), 1918.
  • The Path to Home, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1919.
  • When Day Is Done, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1921.
  • All that Matters, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1922.
  • Making the House a Home, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1922.
  • The Passing Throng, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1923.
  • My Job as a Father, and What My Father Did for Me, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1923.
  • Mother, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1925.
  • What My Religion Means to Me, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1925.
  • Friends, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1925.
  • Home, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1925.
  • The Light of Faith, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1926.
  • You, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1927.
  • Harbor Lights of Home, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1928.
  • You Can't Live Your Own Life, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL; New York, NY), 1928.
  • Why I Go to Church, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL; New York, NY), 1929.
  • Selected Poems, J. Thomas and Co. (Chicago, IL), 1931.
  • The Friendly Way, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1931.
  • Faith, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1932.
  • Life's Highway, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1933.
  • Collected Verse of Edgar A. Guest, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1934.
  • Edgar A. Guest Broadcasting, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1935.
  • All in a Lifetime, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1938.
  • Between You and Me: My Philosophy of Life, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1938.
  • Edgar A. Guest Says It Can Be Done, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1938.
  • Poems of Patriotism, Rand McNally (Chicago, IL), 1942.
  • Today and Tomorrow, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1942.
  • Living the Years, Reilly and Lee (Chicago, IL), 1949.
  • Favorite Verse, Permabooks (New York, NY), 1950.

Further Reading

BOOKS

  • Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement 6: 1956-1960, American Council of Learned Societies, 1980.
  • The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Volume 44, James T. White, 1962.
  • Webster's American Biographies, Merriam, 1979.
  • Who Was Who in America, Volume III: 1951-1960, Marquis, 1966.

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LIFE SPAN 1881–1959

Edgar Albert Guest

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Edgar Guest began his career at the Detroit Free Press in 1895, where he first worked as a copyboy. He was soon promoted to police writer and later to exchange editor, and in 1904 he began writing verse for the Free Press under the heading "Chaff." Those columns evolved into an immensely popular daily feature entitled "Breakfast Table Chat," which, at the height of its popularity, was syndicated in about three hundred other . . .

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