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Harriet Monroe

December 23, 1860 – September 26, 1936

Inducted in 2011

Works

Cantata for the opening of the Chicago Auditorium (1889)

Columbian Ode composed for the opening of the World's Columbian Exposition, with George Whitefield Chadwick (1892)

Valeria and other Poems (1892)

John Wellborn Root: A Study of His Life and Work (1896)

The Passing Show - Five Modern Plays in Verse (1903)

Dance of the Seasons (1911)

You and I — Poems (1914)

The New Poetry: Anthology of 20th Century Verse (1921)

Poets And Their Art (1926)

A Poet's Life—Seventy Years in a Changing World (1938)

The people must grant a hearing to the best poets they have; else they will never have better.

Best known as the founder and first editor of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, the Chicago-born Monroe tirelessly dedicated her life to the promotion of the art. As Poetry’s editor, she helped shape the careers of such luminaries as Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot and William Carlos Williams. She was a writer, scholar, critic and patron of the arts. Monroe gave her collection to the University of Chicago, which formally opened the Harriet Monroe Library of Poetry with a dinner that included guest speakers Carl Sandburg, Archibald MacLeish and Ford Maddox Ford—all who lauded her remarkable influence. Monroe’s will also provide $5,000 to establish a prize for distinction in poetry, a considerable gift for that time.

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