Creative Writing: Edgar Guest Autobiogrpahy

Creative Writing: Edgar Guest Autobiogrpahy
I was born in Birmingham, England, on the night of August 20, 1881. The American people refer to me as the 'poet of the people'. Who am I? I am Edgar Albert Guest, one of the mosst popular, inspirational poets of the twentieth century. Many people may remember me not only by my 'poet of the people' title, but also by my 4th volume of poetry, A Heap O'Livin, which sold over a million copies in 1916. I never could of done it without my family, hard work, and a creative mind.
I was born to Edwin and Julia Wayne Guest in England. My parents also gave birth to my brother Harry, who would later help my career in poetry take off. When I was ten, my family decided to immigrate to the illustrious United States. We chose the famous Detroit, Michigan, where I lived the rest of my life. At the age of thirteen, I was hired as a copy boy for a local paper, the Detroit Free Press. Soon, as a seventeen year old boy, my father passed on and I was forced to drop out of high school and work all day to support my family. Without my extremely supportive family, I never would have accomplished the tasks that made me the renowned poet I will become.
I began as a copy boy, then I was promoted to a police writer, later an exchange editor. Finally, in 1904, I started writing verse for the newspaper, the article?s title was ?Chaff?. When I was working as an exchange editor, my job was to chose clippings, many of which were verses, for the Free Press so they can exchange the papers for use as fillers. One day I decided to present one of my own verses. Normally, the newspaper was picky about publishing staff member?s pieces, but they could not resist putting my verse in the paper. I was only seventeen! The day my verse went public was on December 11, 1898, I?m sure my father would have been proud. That verse was the first of many more verses to come. After some more pieces were put in the Detroit Free Verse, I was granted a column, ?Blue Monday? which came out weekly. Later my daily cloumn, ?Breakfast Table Chat? was introduced to the public and three hundred newspapers put my popular columns in their papers. I actually became popular and people could distinguish my verses from others. For eleven years, starting in 1931, NBC gave me the privelage of broadcasting my poetry, once every week. Later, in 1951, I was allowed to appear on NBC television in a segment called, ?A Guest in Your Home?. I was so surprised how well known I became.
People started asking where they could find more of my poetry! This is when my brother, Harry Guest, and I came up with the idea of publishing a volume of my poetry. I never knew my poetry could be wanted by so many Americans. All I did was ?take simple everyday things that happen to me and I figure it happens to ther people and I make simple rhymes out of them? (Edgar Guest). Those who have read my works say that I wrote of everyday lives with deep sentimentality. Comments like these drove me to write more poetry. Before I died, I had written over eleven thousand poems and put them in over twenty different volumes by which I sold millions of copies.
Now, my poetry is found in the Detroit Public Library, the Central Michigan University?s Clarke Historical Library, and many other public libraries. My papers and maunscripts are held in the University of Michigan?s Bentley Historical Library for everyone to see. I, the ?poet of the people? will never be forgotten for my motivational verses about everyday life. I gave others a different view on their urban or rural life, and I am sure I helped some people realize that they are not the only ones struggling through hard times.

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