Spoon River Anthology [with Biographical Introduction] by Edgar Lee Masters

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"Spoon River Anthology" is a collection of poetry taken from the tombstones of the dead in a small rural American town. There is of course no Spoon River as the entire town and its inhabitants are fictional. "Spoon River Anthology" is Masters's masterpiece, a collection of poetry that reveals the posthumous confessions of the transgressions of a group of small-town Americans. Together this collection reads like a novel exposing the fallacy in the idea of the rural American utopia. "Spoon River Anthology" is a truly original work of American literature.
 

About Edgar Lee Masters

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In this landmark work of 20th-century American literature, Edgar Lee Masters parodies the pious, euphemistic epitaphs written on gravestones to create a series of free-verse monologues. John Hollander is the author of eighteen previous books of poetry. His first, "A Crackling of Thorns," was chosen by W. H. Auden as the 1958 volume in the Yale Series of Younger Poets. He has written eight books of criticism and edited "The Laurel Ben Jonson; "an anthology of contemporary poetry, "Poems of Our Moment;" and, with Harold Bloom, "The Wind and the Rain," an anthology of verse for young people. He was a coeditor of "The Oxford Anthology of English Literature" and is the editor (with Anthony Hecht, with whom he shared the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1983) of "Jiggery-Pokery: A Compendium of Double Dactyls," Mr. Hollander attended Columbia and Indiana universities, was a junior fellow at the Society of Fellows of Harvard University, and in 1990 was made a fellow of the MacArthur Foundation. He taught at Connecticut College and Yale, and was professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is currently Sterling Professor Emeritus of English at Yale.
 
Published March 31, 2004 by Digireads.com. 140 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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