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EDWARDS, MARGARET ROYALTY (1895–1969). Margaret Royalty Edwards, poet laureate of Texas, the daughter of George William and Margaret (Jobe) Royalty, was born on October 31, 1895, in Gatesville. She wrote her first poem in 1912 to fulfill a graduation requirement from Gatesville High School. Later, as a student at Baylor University, she wrote for the Baylor Lariat and was associate editor of the 1916 Baylor Round-Up. She married Herbert R. Edwards in 1918; they had one son. Mrs. Edwards taught at the Baylor Academy and at West Junior High School in Waco and at the same time began to write for publication. She wrote articles for Ten Men from Baylor (1945), Baylor's Generals (1945), and the Handbook of Texas (1952). In 1947 she published a trilogy, New Leaves, Quatrains, and Reflections on the Twenty-third Psalm; and in 1959 the Lure of the Road. From 1957 to 1959 she was the thirteenth poet laureate of Texas. She compiled the 1966 Poets Laureate of Texas, in which she was included. She also wrote a column, "Think," for the Waco Tribune-Herald. She died on March 16, 1969.


Dallas Morning News, March 18, 1969. Margaret Royalty Edwards, Poets Laureate of Texas (San Antonio: Naylor, 1956; rev. ed., 1966).

Patricia Ward Wallace

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