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Masters, Edgar Lee. (1869 - 1950).

W o r k

- poet, playwright, biographer, novelist

P o e t r y :

Spoon River Anthology (1915) and The New Spoon River Anthology (1924):

< E. A. Robinson’s stoicism and his naturalistic portraits

< the ancient Greek epigrams, especially epitaphs: the expression of the essential in the most condensed form, as if the dead people themselves were addressing the passers by

- the title: from Spoon River = an imaginary town x but: based on actual places in Illionois, especially the graveyard from which he adopted some names

- a series of about 200 portraits of the inhabitants of one town: all of the depicted persons have already died and tell their sad stories from the other world

- in a free verse and colloquial language

- the epilogue: attempts the Whitmanian all-embracing tone x but: remains the prevailing impression of the destroyed lives, helplessness, and abuse

=> the deconstruction of the rural idyll myth

> influenced S. Anderson’s Winesburg Ohio

“Lucinda Mattlock”

“Petit the Poet”

“Seth Compton”

B i o g r a p h i e s :

Lincoln: The Man (1931)

Vachel Lindsay: A Poet in America (1935)

Mark Twain: A Portrait (1938)


"You may think, passer-by, that Fate / Is a pit-fall outside of yourself, / Around which you may walk by the use of foresight / And wisdom".

 From "Lyman King".


(Photo: Britannica).

  • Author

    Edgar Lee Masters. (1869 - 1950). American.
  • Work

    Poet. Author of Spoon River Anthology (1915).
  • Genres

    Modernism. Naturalism. Regionalism.


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