Collected Verse of Edgar A. Guest

Copyright 1934
There are two copies of this book on the shelves. I’m not sure when they were purchased. Combined they’ve been checked out 48 times.
This particular copy was last checked out 9 years ago.

On Guest’s biographical entry on the website of the Academy of American Poets (, he reportedly said of his poetry, “I take simple everyday things that happen to me and I figure it happens to a lot of other people and I make simple rhymes out of them.” I think this is a fairly accurate assessment of his poetry and describes in large part why his poetry has been popular. He supposedly wrote 11,000 poems and my hat is off to anyone who can generate that much poetry, no matter how good. The circulation of these books speaks for itself. They have been appreciated by the library’s patrons and should remain on the shelves.


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