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In 1915, Edgar Lee Masters published a book of dramatic monologues written in free verse about a fictional town called Spoon River, based on the Midwestern towns where he grew up. The shocking scandals and secret tragedies of Spoon River were immediately recognized by readers as authentic. Masters raises the dead “sleeping on the hill” in their village cemetery to tell the truth about their lives, and their testimony topples the American myth of the moral superiority of small-town life. Spoon River, as undeniably corrupt and cruel as the big city, is home to murderers, drunkards, crooked bankers, lechers, bitter wives, abusive husbands, failed dreamers, and a few good souls. The freshness of this masterpiece undiminished, Spoon River Anthology remains a landmark of American literature.

With an Introduction by John Hollander and an Afterword by Ronald Primeau

Synopsis:

In this 1915 collection, Edgar Lee Masters tells the stories of the dead through their own posthumous words. Realistic, often cynical, these epitaphs are spoken from the grave by 244 former citizens of a small Midwestern village. The entire spectrum of human life is represented here: everyone from poet to shopkeeper is given a chance to narrate their thwarted hopes and dreams. With these classic poems, Masters took his revenge on the small-town America, revealing it in all its injustice, corruption, and cruelty. Edgar Lee Masters (1869-1950) is best known for the "Spoon River Anthology. As well as verse, . he wrote biographies of fellow writers, including Mark twain and Walt Whitman.

Synopsis:

Here are Masters's dramatic monologues written in free verse about a fictional Midwestern town called Spoon River. The dead, "sleeping on the hill" in their village cemetery, awaken to tell the truth about their lives, toppling the myth of the moral superiority of small-town life.

About the Author

As a young man, Edgar Lee Masters (1869–1950) rebelled against what he believed to be the hypocrisy of small-town life and went to Chicago, where he practiced law for thirty years. He published eleven books of verses, plays, and essays before beginning his masterpiece, Spoon River Anthology (1915). Later, Masters, Carl Sandburg, and Vachel Lindsay initiated a poetic renaissance in the Midwest, with Chicago as its center.

John Hollander (1929–2013) was an acclaimed American poet and the Sterling Professor emeritus of English at Yale University. His books include Spectral Emanations: New and Selected Poems, Harp Lake, In Time and Place, and Blue Wine and Other Poems. Hollander was also the author of a number of critical works, including Rhymes Reason: A Guide to English Verse.

Ronald Primeau is Professor of English and Director of the MA in Humanities at Central Michigan University. He has published books on Edgar Lee Masters, Herbert W. Martin, the literature of the American highway, and the rhetoric of television. He has edited works on Masters, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and the dynamics of literary influence.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780451530585
Author:
Masters, Edgar Lee
Publisher:
Signet Classics
Introduction by:
Hollander, John
Introduction:
Hollander, John
Author:
Hollander, John
Author:
Primeau, Ronald
Afterword by:
Primeau, Ronald
Afterword:
Primeau, Ronald
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Series:
Signet Classics
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
6.78x4.22x.94 in. .35 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , In this 1915 collection, Edgar Lee Masters tells the stories of the dead through their own posthumous words. Realistic, often cynical, these epitaphs are spoken from the grave by 244 former citizens of a small Midwestern village. The entire spectrum of human life is represented here: everyone from poet to shopkeeper is given a chance to narrate their thwarted hopes and dreams. With these classic poems, Masters took his revenge on the small-town America, revealing it in all its injustice, corruption, and cruelty. Edgar Lee Masters (1869-1950) is best known for the "Spoon River Anthology. As well as verse, . he wrote biographies of fellow writers, including Mark twain and Walt Whitman.
"Synopsis" by ,
Here are Masters's dramatic monologues written in free verse about a fictional Midwestern town called Spoon River. The dead, "sleeping on the hill" in their village cemetery, awaken to tell the truth about their lives, toppling the myth of the moral superiority of small-town life.

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