“Edwin Markham / 1930” Inscribed and Signed Printed Poem Titled “The Man with the Hoe”
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EDWIN MARKHAM (1852-1940): American poet, Internationally famous as the author of the poem "The Man with the Hoe," Edwin Markham was a popular American literary figure during the first half of the 20th century whose works espoused progressive social and spiritual beliefs.
1930-Dated, Printed Poem is of Markham’s internationally acclaimed poem titled, “The Man with the Hoe”, Inscribed and Signed, “Edwin Markham / 1930”, Choice Crisp Extremely Fine. The printed poem measures 14” x 8.5” with a horizontal center fold and faint traces of prior hinging at top on the blank reverse. An Inscription is written in the upper right in a fine black pen and reads, “O Hugh Gordon / Miller, / let us be / friends! / 1930”. Markham’s signature is written in the same hand at bottom reading, “Edwin Markham / 1930”. Excellent for display. EDWIN MARKHAM (1852-1940), Internationally famous as the author of the poem "The Man with the Hoe," Edwin Markham was a popular American literary figure during the first half of the 20th century whose works espoused progressive social and spiritual beliefs.
In 1899, he gained national fame with the publication in the San Francisco Examiner of “The Man with the Hoe.” Inspired by Jean-Franois Millet’s painting, Markham made the French peasant the symbol of the exploited classes throughout the world. Its success enabled Markham to devote himself to writing and lecturing in which he concerned himself with social and industrial, as well as poetic, problems.
His first book of verse, The Man with the Hoe and Other Poems (1899), was followed in 1901 by Lincoln and Other Poems, the dignified title piece of which found almost as much favor as “The Man with the Hoe.” In contrast to the experimentalism and pessimism that generally characterized poetry of this era, Markham's quatrains, sonnets, and heroic verse celebrate peace, love, and socialist utopian reform.
In a 1902 essay in the Comrade, Leonard D. Abbot proclaimed that "Markham, more than any other poet in the English language, can claim the honor of being the Bard of Labor - the true product of the last great movement that is destined to shake the world."