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Spoon River Anthology

Edgar Lee Masters (1868-1950)

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1. 001 – The Hill
2. 002 – Hod Putt
3. 003 – Ollie McGee
4. 004 – Fletcher McGee
5. 005 – Robert Fulton Tanner
6. 006 – Cassius Hueffer
7. 007 – Serepta Mason
8. 008 – Amanda Barker
9. 009 – Constance Hately
10. 010 – Chase Henry
11. 011 – Harry Carey Goodhue
12. 012 – Judge Somers
13. 013 – Kinsey Keene
14. 014 – Benjamin Pantier
15. 015 – Mrs. Benjamin Pantier
16. 016 – Reuben Pantier
17. 017 – Emily Sparks
18. 018 – Trainor, the Druggist
19. 019 – Daisy Fraser
20. 020 – Benjamin Fraser
21. 021 – Minerva Jones
22. 022 – ‘Indignation’ Jones
23. 023 – Doctor Meyers
24. 024 – Mrs. Meyers
25. 025 – ‘Butch’ Weldy
26. 026 – Knowlt Hoheimer
27. 027 – Lydia Puckett
28. 028 – Frank Drummer
29. 029 – Hare Drummer
30. 030 – Conrad Siever
31. 031 – Doc Hill
32. 032 – Andy the Night-Watch
33. 033 – Sarah Brown
34. 034 – Percy Bysshe Shelley
35. 035 – Flossie Cabanis
36. 036 – Julia Miller
37. 037 – Johnnie Sayre
38. 038 – Charlie French
39. 039 – Zenas Witt
40. 040 – Theodore the Poet
41. 041 – The Town Marshal
42. 042 – Jack McGuire
43. 043 – Dorcas Gustine
44. 044 – Nicholas Bindle
45. 045 – Jacob Goodpasture
46. 046 – Harold Arnett
47. 047 – Margaret Fuller Slack
48. 048 – George Trimble
49. 049 – Dr Siegfried Iseman
50. 050 – ‘Ace’ Shaw
51. 051 – Lois Spears
52. 052 – Justice Arnett
53. 053 – Willard Fluke
54. 054 – Aner Clute
55. 055 – Lucius Atherton
56. 056 – Homer Clapp
57. 057 – Deacon Taylor
58. 058 – Sam Hookey
59. 059 – Cooney Potter
60. 060 – Fiddler Jones
61. 061 – Nellie Clark
62. 062 – Louise Smith
63. 063 – Herbert Marshall
64. 064 – George Gray
65. 065 – Hon. Henry Bennett
66. 066 – Griffy the Cooper
67. 067 – Sexsmith The Dentist
68. 068 – A. D. Blood
69. 069 – Robert Southy Burke
70. 070 – Dora Williams
71. 071 – Mrs. Williams
72. 072 – William and Emily
73. 073 – The Circuit Judge
74. 074 – Blind Jack
75. 075 – John Horace Burleson
76. 076 – Nancy Knapp
77. 077 – Barry Holden
78. 078 – State’s Attorney Fallas
79. 079 – Wenell P. Bloyd
80. 080 – Francis Turner
81. 081 – Franklin Jones
82. 082 – John M. Church
83. 083 – Russian Sonja
84. 084 – Isa Nutter
85. 085 – Barney Hainsfeather
86. 086 – Petit, the Poet
87. 087 – Pauline Barrett
88. 088 – Mrs. Charles Bliss
89. 089 – Mrs. George Reece
90. 090 – Rev. Lemuel Wiley
91. 091 – Thomas Ross, Jr.
92. 092 – Rev. Abner Peet
93. 093 – Jefferson Howard
94. 094 – Judge Selah Lively
95. 095 – Albert Schirding
96. 096 – Jonas Keene
97. 097 – Eugenia Todd
98. 098 – Yee Bow
99. 099 – Washington McNeely
100. 100 – Paul McNeely
101. 101 – Mary McNeely
102. 102 – Daniel M’Cumber
103. 103 – Georgine Sand Miner
104. 104 – Thomas Rhodes
105. 105 – Ida Chicken
106. 106 – Penwit Graham
107. 107 – Jim Brown
108. 108 – Robert Davidson
109. 109 – Elsa Wertman
110. 110 – Hamilton Greene
111. 111 – Ernest Hyde
112. 112 – Roger Heston
113. 113 – Amos Sibley
114. 114 – Mrs. Sibley
115. 115 – Adam Weirauch
116. 116 – Ezra Bartlett
117. 117 – Amelia Garrick
118. 118 – John Hancock Otis
119. 119 – Anthony Findlay
120. 120 – John Cabanis
121. 121 – The Unknown
122. 122 – Alexander Thockmorton
123. 123 – Jonathan Swift Somers
124. 124 – Widow McFarlane
125. 125 – Carl Hamblin
126. 126 – Editor Whedon
127. 127 – Eugene Carman
128. 128 – Clarence Fawcett
129. 129 – W. Lloyd Garrison Standard
130. 130 – Professor Newcomer
131. 131 – Ralph Rhodes
132. 132 – Mickey M’Grew
133. 133 – Rosie Roberts
134. 134 – Oscar Hummel
135. 135 – Roscoe Purkapile
136. 136 – Mrs. Purkapile
137. 137 – Josiah Tompkins
138. 138 – Mrs. Kessler
139. 139 – Harmon Whitney
140. 140 – Bert Kessler
141. 141 – Lambert Hutchins
142. 142 – Lillian Stewart
143. 143 – Hortense Robbins
144. 144 – Batterton Dobyns
145. 145 – Jacob Godbey
146. 146 – Walter Simmons
147. 147 – Tom Beatty
148. 148 – Roy Butler
149. 149 – Searcy Foote
150. 150 – Edmund Pollard
151. 151 – Thomas Trevelyan
152. 152 – Percival Sharp
153. 153 – Hiram Scates
154. 154 – Peleg Poague
155. 155 – Jeduthan Hawley
156. 156 – Abel Melveny
157. 157 – Oakes Tutt
158. 158 – Elliott Hawkins
159. 159 – Voltaire Johnson
160. 160 – English Thornton
161. 161 – Enoch Dunlap
162. 162 – Ida Frickey
163. 163 – Seth Compton
164. 164 – Felix Schmidt
165. 165 – Schroeder the Fisherman
166. 166 – Richard Bone
167. 167 – Silas Dement
168. 168 – Dillard Sissman
169. 169 – Jonathan Houghton
170. 170 – E.C. Culbertson
171. 171 – Shack Dye
172. 172 – Hildrup Tubbs
173. 173 – Henry Tripp
174. 174 – Granville Calhoun
175. 175 – Henry C. Calhoun
176. 176 – Alfred Moir
177. 177 – Perry Zoll
178. 178 – Dippold the Optician
179. 179 – Magrady Graham
180. 180 – Archibald Higbie
181. 181 – Tom Merrit
182. 182 – Mrs Merritt
183. 183 – Elmer Karr
184. 184 – Elizabeth Childers
185. 185 – Edith Conant
186. 186 – Charles Webster
187. 187 – Father Malloy
188. 188 – Ami Green
189. 189 – Calvin Campbell
190. 190 – Henry Layton
191. 191 – Harlan Sewall
192. 192 – Ippolit Konovaloff
193. 193 – Henry Phipps
194. 194 – Harry Wilmans
195. 195 – John Wasson
196. 196 – Many Soldiers
197. 197 – Godwin James
198. 198 – Lyman King
199. 199 – Caroline Branson
200. 200 – Anne Rutledge
201. 201 – Hamlet Micure
202. 202 – Mabel Osborne
203. 203 – William H. Herndon
204. 204 – Rebecca Wasson
205. 205 – Rutherford McDowell
206. 206 – Hannah Armstrong
207. 207 – Lucinda Matlock
208. 208 – Davis Matlock
209. 209 – Herman Altman
210. 210 – Jennie M’Grew
211. 211 – Columbus Cheney
212. 212 – Wallace Ferguson
213. 213 – Marie Bateson
214. 214 – Tennessee Claflin Shope
215. 215 – Plymouth Rock Joe
216. 216 – Imanuel Ehrenhardt
217. 217 – Samuel Gardner
218. 218 – Dow Kritt
219. 219 – William Jones
220. 220 – William Goode
221. 221 – J. Milton Miles
222. 222 – Faith Matheny
223. 223 – Scholfield Huxley
224. 224 – Willie Metcalf
225. 225 – Willie Pennington
226. 226 – The Village Atheist
227. 227 – John Ballard
228. 228 – Julian Scott
229. 229 – Alfonso Churchill
230. 230 – Zilpha Marsh
231. 231 – James Garber
232. 232 – Lydia Humphrey
233. 233 – Le Roy Goldman
234. 234 – Gustav Richter
235. 235 – Arlo Will
236. 236 – Captain Orlando Killion
237. 237 – Jeremy Carlisle
238. 238 – Joseph Dixon
239. 239 – Judson Stoddard
240. 240 – Russell Kincaid
241. 241 – Aaron Hatfield
242. 242 – Isaiah Beethoven
243. 243 – Elijah Browning
244. 244 – Webster Ford
245. 245 – The Spooniad
246. 246 – The Epilogue

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Summary

Two hundred and twelve residents of a small town tell their stories without fear of recrimination or ridicule. The only difference is that they're all dead! The two hundred and forty-four poems that form the Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters is really a series of epitaphs about the citizens of a fictional town called Spoon River and deals with the “plain and simple annals” of small town America. Edgar Lee Masters grew up in a small town in Illinois. His father's financial problems forced the young Masters to abandon ideas of college and take up a job instead. Though he continued to study privately, he was compelled to work on a series of dull and uninspiring jobs. Finally, he completed his education in law and set up a law practice in Chicago. His firm did extremely well. For nearly a decade, one of his partners was the legendary lawyer, Clarence Darrow. However, Masters secretly nursed literary ambitions and his first book of verse and several essays were published under the pseudonym of Dexter Wallace. He initially considered writing a novel about his early experiences, but soon gave up the idea. From 1914, he began publishing a series of poems based on his experiences in Lewistown, Illinois, where he spent his childhood. These were published in a St Louis magazine, under another fictitious name, Webster Ford. Finally, in 1915, the entire collection was compiled into a single volume entitled the Spoon River Anthology. In 1930, Masters wrote The Genesis of Spoon River, in which he describes the book's background, its concerns, the conditions in which he wrote and also how it was received by readers. This autobiographical companion piece provides wonderful insight into the workings of the creative mind and is itself a document of great human interest. It allows the reader to have a glimpse of the great humane thinker and compassionate mind that created the Spoon River Anthology. The book was an instant bestseller and found an immediate echo in the hearts of millions of readers from small rural towns and remote little settlements all over America. The poems provide a rare and unconventional view of small town life and shatter quite a few myths that romanticize such an existence. The poems are in free style and the brilliant imagery and evocative turns of phrase make each one of them memorable. Another interesting thing about Spoon River Anthology is that the poems are like separate pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and the reader can put events together to make up the larger picture. Though Masters wrote several more poems, novels and biographies, none became so popular or well-known as the Spoon River Anthology.

Reviews

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I love this book by Edgar Lee Masters!!!