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Spoon River Anthology [Kindle Edition]

Edgar Lee Masters
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 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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From School Library Journal

YA-- A richly annotated edition resuscitates a fading American classic. Because Hallivas's pithy introduction adds both perspective and gossipy detail, YAs will enjoy learning about the individual struggles of the 244 characters who speak from the cemetery on "the hill." Secondary teachers will find this a useful tool for preparing character sketches, thanks to the lively, specific annotations naming names: who rejected whom; who challenged whom, both physically and politically--and it is all expertly researched. The microcosm of Spoon River comes alive with its central conflicts of agrarian traditionist v. temperance and abolitionist activism. From the grave, the hard-drinking, roughly hewn frontiersmen challenge the do-good social reformers, reenacting the struggle the 19th-century midwestern push kindled: would any government law prohibiting drinking or slavery impress these strong individual-rights townspeople? They offer their own answers as Masters intended, but they offer the responses against a tapestry of detail the editor provides. Hallivas's cogent essay traces the philosophical influences that marked Masters's works: Spinoza, Goethe, and especially Whitman. The inclusion of several photographs of the characters who speak adds important visual detail.
- Margaret Nolan, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"Definitive... Hallwas' reading of 'Spoon River' is undoubtedly the best and the one the poet intended. The Midwest is seens as the New World Eden assaulted by the forces of modernization." -- Chicago Tribune. "Massively annotated... provides a wealth of information." -- The New Republic

Product Details

  • 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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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,249 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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39 of 39 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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2.0 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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