Spoon River Anthology

Spoon River Anthology

by Edgar Lee Masters

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Overview

The Spoon River Anthology is a classic collection of poems by Edgar Lee Masters, with verses dedicated and named for members of a fictional small American town.

Edgar Masters intention when he composed these verses was to demystify the culture of small town America. Over the decades prior to this anthology's publication in 1915, rural and urban cultures in the USA had diverged considerably: to many city-dwellers, how life in the country actually proceeded was simply unknown.

Originally serialized in a magazine named Reedy's Mirror, each of the poems give the reader insight into the lives, events, and culture of a typical small country town. Each is titled after a specific character, and contains their thoughts and concerns at a given time. This acts to build a narrative around the small town, which is proven to be colorful and emotionally distinct place, with several characters coping with grief and loss.

Although the characters and setting are fictional, Masters took plentiful inspiration from people who lived near the real life Spoon River, which was also where he resided. As such, the Spoon River Anthology offers a reasonably authentic, if somewhat dramatized, account of how life went by in small town America during the early 20th century.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157332914
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/16/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 285,155
File size: 635 KB

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Spoon River Anthology (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This ¿edition¿ of Spoon River is a rip-off and a disappointment. I have had a copy of Spoon River on my bookshelf for over forty years, and recently wished to give a nicer copy of this important work to a friend. So I ordered this hardcover edition, at $27.95. At first glance I was disappointed. For a hardcover, it was of low quality, cheap paper, and a cheap and very plain font. Then I discovered that it is marked ¿Copyright 1986 by Buccaneer Book, Inc.¿. There is no reference to the original publication date of 1915, no introduction, and the Epilogue, contained in all paperback editions that I have seen, was missing entirely. Worst of all, THIRTY (30) of the original ¿voices¿ have simply been deleted. This edition by Buccaneer Books is an unacceptable insult to a great work of American literature, and I am surprised that Barnes & Noble have allowed such low quality merchandise to be in their inventory. I will be returning this ¿book¿ immediately. Brian Young
tracyjayhawk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Masters weaves a great story between the main characters of these short poems. The over-arching theme, of course, if the irony of "the good life" and "death as the great equalizer," but some of the poems are especially powerful. The inspiration for "Winesburg, Ohio" by Sherwood Anderson, many say.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. IT IS INCOMPLETE-MISSING OVER THIRTY WHOLE POEMS AND COUNTLES OTHERS ARE HALF THERE. TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE BOOK.
manircu33 More than 1 year ago
super good :)
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Im Reading and Doing Projects and activities on this book in english class and athough im not a big reAder this is a really great book!
Trodar More than 1 year ago
Along with WINESBURG, OHIO, SPA needs to be re-visited in the sense that it is time to reevaluate the American dream by looking back into small town life as it was presented at the turn of the 20th century. It's not a pretty picture anymore. SPA takes you into familiar problems of today. Somewhere the American Dream seems to be more of a nightmare.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had not read Spoon River Anthology since I was in high school but its poems have stayed with me all these years. When I found the hardcover I knew this was a book I had to own. After all these years it is as relevant and brilliant as I remembered.
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This is a great book to discuss in my English Class. The kids love it.
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This can be a difficult read but well worth it. I have owned it since I was in high school and repeatedly go back to it like an old friend.
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This clever book of poems is really handy for monologues. Some casting directors think that you're quite clever to use something that isn't the typical monologue. The poems are filled with emotion and character, and truly are good pieces.