Monroe, Harriet

Monroe, Harriet,

1860–1936, American editor, critic, and poet, b. Chicago. In 1912 she founded Poetry: a Magazine of Verse, which paid and encouraged both established and new poets. Monroe's literary reputation is based on her editorship of this important magazine. She introduced to readers such writers as Carl Sandburg, Rabindranath Tagore, Vachel Lindsay, Rupert Brooke, and Robert Frost. Her own works include several volumes of poetry; her essays Poets and Their Art (1933); the anthology she compiled with Alice Corbin Henderson, The New Poetry (1917); and her autobiography, A Poet's Life (1938).


See study by D. J. Cahill (1974).

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Monroe, Harriet

(1861–1936) editor, poet; born in Chicago. In 1912 she founded Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, the first modern American "little magazine," editing it until 1936 and publishing virtually every American poet of the times. Her own poetry was collected in Valeria and Other Poems (1892).
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Monroe, Harriet. "A Bit of Old France." Atlantic Monthly 86 (1900): 58-63.
Poetry (in full Poetry: A Magazine of Verse) American poetry magazine founded in Chicago in 1912 by Monroe, Harriet, who also served for many years as the magazine's editor.