Spoon River anthology

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The innovative free verse collection of small-town life that made Edgar Lee Masters a legend

A literary sensation when it appeared in 1915, Spoon River Anthology earned Edgar Lee Masters comparisons to T. S. Eliot and Walt Whitman. The characters who speak here tarnish the pure image of their Midwestern hamlet by holding forth from the grave with tales of illicit love affairs, betrayed confidences, political corruption, and miserable marriages. The first serious work of psychological naturalism, this artful indictment of small-town hypocrisy influenced Theodore Dreiser, William Faulkner, and other luminaries.

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subject_facetAmerican drama -- 20th century
American poetry -- 20th century -- Readings with music
Cemeteries -- Illinois -- Poetry
City and town life -- Middle West -- Poetry
Dead -- Poetry
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Epitaphs -- Illinois -- Poetry
Illinois -- Poetry
Middle West -- Poetry
title_displaySpoon River anthology
title_fullSpoon River Anthology
Spoon River anthology / Edgar Lee Masters ; introduction and notes by Jerome Loving
Spoon River anthology / by Edgar Lee Masters
Spoon River anthology [electronic resource] / Edgar Lee 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_shortSpoon River anthology
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