Spoon River anthology

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One of the most striking and original achievements in American poetry is now available in a remarkable edition that comprehends the poet and his book in an entirely new way.This edition of Spoon River Anthology probes the social background of the smalltown world that Edgar Lee Masters loved and hated--and finally transmuted into powerful literary art. Extensive annotations identify the people whose lives inspired the 243 poetic accounts of frustration, violence, struggle, and triumph that once shocked American readers.The most extraordinary feature of this edition is the extensive introduction that provides the key to this misunderstood American classic. The book's relationship to Whitman is clearly established, and the important influences of Browning, Goethe, Spinoza, and others are revealed for the first time. John Hallwas's approach combines cultural, biographical, philosophical, psychoanalytic, mythic, and symbolic insights--and concludes with a stunning reassessment of "Our New Poet."The annotated Spoon River Anthology supersedes 75 years of largely misdirected critical commentary. It will send a new generation of readers back to this surprisingly complex book that probes so deeply into the American consciousness--and will send Masters back into our national anthologies.
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Grouping Title spoon river anthology
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display_description In Spoon River Anthology, Edgar Lee Masters presents 244 characters to speak to us posthumously from the cemetery on the hill. They apprise us of their existence from the grave in poetic monologues that describe their private hopes, dreams, ambitions, achievements, failures--all of which came to a sudden end with their death. The individual stories are often moody and severe as they carry their anger and injustices to their graves. These were people who loved life despite its difficulties, or who viciously ruined the lives of others, or who despised their own petty lives. A.D. Blood, the town prohibitionist, hated liquor so much he killed a man who was drunk. Searcy Foote admits without shame that he murdered his infirm aunt for her money and his own independence. Affluent Thomas Rhodes' bank failure caused financial hardship for many of Spoon Rivers' inhabitants when the fault for the downfall belonged to his son's bad loans. These stories uncover the depression, discontent, and prejudice that hide behind a small-town pretense of American virtue. This classic outlines an unforgettable history of Spoon Rivers' jealousies and corruption. Please Note: This book has been reformatted to be easy to read in true text, not scanned images that can sometimes be difficult to decipher. The Microsoft eBook has a contents page linked to the chapter headings for easy navigation. The Adobe eBook has bookmarks at chapter headings and is printable up to two full copies per year. Both versions are text searchable.
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subject_facet American drama -- 20th century, American poetry -- 20th century -- Readings with music, Cemeteries -- Illinois -- Poetry, City and town life -- Middle West -- Poetry, Dead -- Poetry, Electronic books, Epitaphs -- Illinois -- Poetry, Illinois -- Poetry, Middle West -- Poetry
title_display Spoon River anthology
title_full Spoon River Anthology, Spoon River anthology / by Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River anthology [electronic resource] / Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River anthology [electronic resource] / Edgar Masters, Spoon River anthology [electronic resource] / [Edgar Lee Masters], Spoon River anthology [electronic resource] Masters, Edgar Lee, 1868-1950,, Spoon River anthology [electronic resource] Masters, Edgar Lee, 1868-1950.
title_short Spoon River anthology
topic_facet American drama, American poetry, Cemeteries, City and town life, Dead, Electronic books, Epitaphs, Fiction, Poetry