Arthur Guiterman 1871-1943

Arthur Guiterman was born in Vienna of US parents. He was educated at City College, New York, graduating in 1891. He married Vida Lindo in 1909. He worked as the editor of Woman’s Home Companion and the Literary Digest and co-founded the Poetry society of America in 1910, becoming its president in 1925.

During his literary career which began in 1907 and spanned 35 years, he published over a dozen collections of poems, mostly humorous ones such as First Dentistry was Painless, Pershing at the Front and On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness. He also wrote the libretto for Walter Damrosch’s opera The Man Without a Country which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1937. He died in 1943, leaving a legacy of poems remarkable for their portrayal of the funny side of everyday events.

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