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Spoon River Anthology [Kindle Edition]

Edgar Lee Masters
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • File Size: 265 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TP94G8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,866 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars missing in action March 1, 2012
By eubara
Format:Kindle Edition
Having loved this book for almost 50 years I was delighted to find a "free" edition. After a quick download I happily searched for my favorite character. Hmm, not there. Maybe I'm doing it wrong. No. Just not there. After a little more comparing with a REAL BOOK I see that at least 30 of 212 or so characters are missing. This leaves me somewhere between "beggers can't be choosers" and WTF? Free shouldn't be synonymous with crap and indifference. And always in the back of my mind is the spectre that haunts all electronic easy it is to change it, censor it, "correct" it, turn it 180 degrees to where the prevailing winds blow. And nobody notices. If this book means something to you find another version or stick with paper.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An American Classic July 20, 2011
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Spoon River Anthology is an American classic. I first encountered this book of poems at the Illinois state fair in 1968. My cousin wanted the book, so I bought it for her. She read some of the poems on our way back from the fair. Later, in college, I studied the poems in an American literature class. Each poem represents a reflection on life by person buried in the Spoon River, Illinois, graveyard. This means that several stories are told in the book from multiple points of view. Life, death, eternity: all intersect in the small-town setting. Masters created this masterpiece in 1915 and it influenced Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, and Wilder's Our Town. This free-download presents a wonderful opportunity for teachers, students, and poetry lovers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars free February 10, 2013
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You get what you pay for... I should've gotten a real book, or at least something with a good commentary, because you won't find many good articles online.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing the important poems. November 29, 2013
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No "Richard Corey", no "Luke Havergal" - need I go on? Junk. Had I paid for this, I would be outraged.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good Kindle Edition September 24, 2011
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I gave this 2 stars b/c it is, after all, still Spoon River (which would deserve 5 stars), but navigating through this on the Kindle is impossible. You'd have to bookmark each poem on your own to go back to one specifically. Find another edition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost there... August 19, 2012
By Ronnie
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a big fan of this classic, but as another reviewer astutely pointed out this has been edited for some reason. Still, for free it would be a nice addition for your Kindle as it can be read in sections in short sittings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this little book July 28, 2014
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I loved this little book. The little place I grew up was a lot like Spoon River with the same kind of people and strange convoluted lives that affected every other person in town. Everyone knew whose cat did what, but no one wanted it discussed in public. But, of course, no one could write about the situations as well as Edgar Lee Masters did. The way the book ended also reminded me of The Scarlet Letter and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. It was as if the manuscript was simply a "found" thing that was published. The poetic language made this much better than a gossip column, and the extra philosophical viewpoint of the dead speaking was perfectly scathing in its effect. Great little book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Master's masterpiece August 15, 2014
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When I was in high school, this book was considered an American classic. I don't think today's kids would find anything interesting about it. You almost need to read it twice to put all the characters together. However, Mr. Masters is a "master" author. His poetic "prose" brought to life the landscape of Spoon River and its many varied inhabitants
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Absolutely delightful to think of writing about characters who have passed.
Published 26 days ago by Sandra Reiseman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A masterpeice
Published 1 month ago by sophia marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Masters was brilliant in his portrayal of small town life from the ...
Always a pleasure to read. I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everything about everybody, or thought they did. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book.
Moving and creative.
Published 4 months ago by Courtney Lawhorn
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good deal
Published 4 months ago by William J. Costello
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great classic.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book which captures Americana and the trials and...
This is an excellent book which captures Americana and the trials and foibles that are universal. If you are doing a production of the play version, this is an invaluable resource. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chris Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars a favourite
Given to me as a gift by a high school teacher..still a favorite, and that was 30 plus years ago.
Published 9 months ago by bytg8198
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a review just information
In W. A. Peters review, Peters says that Richard Cory and Luke Havergal aren't in Spoon River Anthology. Right! They're in Edwin Arlington Robinson's Children of the Night.
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
This book will be a little difficult to read for the modern-day person. I read it because I was teaching a class in American history. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Christine
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