Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

sppon riverEven 100 years later this collection of short, free verse poems still packs a punch, and is relevant today. Based on the author’s childhood home in central Illinois, it is the portrait of a small Midwestern town, as told through the epitaphs of its former denizens—from beyond the grave.

Masters’ book peels back the veil on small town life to reveal the many secrets and scandals therein, and showing life there to be anything but idyllic and perfect.

A critical and commercial success at the time of its publication, Masters’ book was banned in the schools & library of his home town for 60 years.  Today it is still often assigned in high school and college literature courses, and its portraits are often used as monologues for theatrical auditions.

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