Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Edgar Daniel Kramer (1887-1966)

Poet, Author, Teacher
Born October 9, 1887, Baltimore, Maryland
Died July 1966, Baltimore County, Maryland

Edgar Daniel Kramer was a prolific author of short stories and poems, publishing dozens of pieces in magazines and newspapers, everything from Breezy Stories to the New York Times. Born on October 9, 1887, in Baltimore, Maryland, he was the oldest of Henry and Margaret Kramer's dozen children. He spent a good deal of his life teaching and caring for children.

As a young man, Kramer taught at the Stone School in Cornwall Heights, New York (now known as the Storm King School). After the death of his parents, he returned to Baltimore, where he assumed the role of head of the household of eight of his siblings, some adult, some still minors. Through it all, he wrote, beginning as early as 1919 with a poem, "Ulysses of Ithaca," in Munsey's magazine, then with increasing frequency in every manner of pulp magazine from the 1920s onward. Girl Stories and Man Stories, Pep Stories and Two-Gun Western Stories, Top Notch and Ace-High Magazine--Kramer's work knew no bounds. He wrote just one story for Weird Tales. Entitled "Murder Mask," it appeared in the June 1937 issue. Between the January 1935 and June/July 1939 issues of "The Unique Magazine," he also published seventeen poems, from "Wharf Watchman" to "Circe." He is also the first author I have discussed so far to have work published in The Magic Carpet Magazine, a short-lived companion to Weird Tales. Finally, his poem, "The Dying Tramp," was published in the magazine Unknown in June 1940.

Kramer continued seeing his work in print even late in life. His "Hell's Acre Hurler" appeared in Ten-Story Sports (January 1957) as the pulps were fading. The New York Times published his verse occasionally from 1924 until 1959. Edgar Daniel Kramer died in July 1966 in Baltimore County, Maryland.

Edgar Daniel Kramer's Story and Poems in Weird Tales
"Murder Mask" (June 1937)

In addition, Kramer wrote 17 poems for Weird Tales between January 1935 and June/July 1939 and one poem for The Magic Carpet Magazine (April 1933), Popular Fiction's short-lived companion to Weird Tales.

Further Reading
"Murder Mask" in 100 Wild Little Weird Tales, edited by Robert Weinberg et al. (Barnes and Noble, 1994)
Some of Kramer's poetry is available on the Internet and no doubt in other places where popular poetry is published.

Edgar Daniel Kramer's poem "Furlough" appeared in The Magic Carpet Magazine in April 1933. The cover is by Margaret Brundage.
Kramer was so prolific as a poet, his verse is likely to show up anywhere. This poem was printed in a school yearbook.
This one is from an unknown source, but it has the look of books published by Ideal Publishing Company.
Edgar Daniel Kramer (1887-1966), a yearbook photo from 1910.

Thanks to Randal Everts for the photograph of Edgar Daniel Kramer.
Text and captions copyright 2011 Terence E. Hanley

1 comment:

  1. SANDMAN by Edgar Daniel Kramer from 1925

    Over the hills
    And over the town
    The Sandman steals
    When the dusk falls down;
    Oh, you can see him,
    As he draws near,
    If you lie still
    ln my arms, my dear.

    Or, you can see him,
    If you look up,
    As he scatters his sand
    From a golden cup;
    Glance up shyly,
    But have a care,
    For the dust of dreams
    Fills all the air.

    Or, you can see him,
    As he goes by
    And the stars lean low
    From the twilight sky;
    Lift up your eyes
    To steal a peep —
    Lo, the sands fall down
    And you are asleep!

    VOLUME 183. - CATSKILL, GREENE CO., N. Y„ JUNE 26, 1925. - NUMBER 47.


    The Textile Worker: Official Journal of the United Textile Workers of America, Volume 13 by The Union, 1925
    Page 159


    Metallica - Enter Sandman [Official Music Video]

    From the album "Metallica"

    Director: Wayne Isham
    Filmed in June 1991 in Los Angeles, CA
    Video Premiere Date: July 30, 1991

    © 1991 Metallica