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Spoon River Anthology (Signet Classics)

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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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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.

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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.
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