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Edgar Lee Masters Biography

What did contemporary scholars think of Edgar Lee Masters (1868-1950) during his lifetime? Here’s an interesting biography and analysis published in 1918, written by popular Yale professor William Lyon Phelps. Edgar Lee Masters was born in Kansas, on the twenty-third … Continue reading

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Spoon River Anthology Excerpts

Meet the villagers of Spoon River in The Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, a collection of intertwined autobiographical epitaphs in poetry. Continue reading

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Seth Compton by Edgar Lee Masters from Spoon River Anthology

Seth Compton by Edgar Lee Masters from Spoon River Anthology (New York: Macmillan Co, 1916) WHEN I died, the circulating library Which I built up for Spoon River, And managed for the good of inquiring minds, Was sold at auction … Continue reading

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Mrs Kessler by Edgar Lee Masters from Spoon River Anthology

Mrs. Kessler by Edgar Lee Masters from Spoon River Anthology (New York: Macmillan Co, 1916) MR. KESSLER, you know, was in the army, And he drew six dollars a month as a pension, And stood on the corner talking politics, … Continue reading

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The Circuit Judge by Edgar Lee Masters from Spoon River Anthology

The Circuit Judge by Edgar Lee Masters from Spoon River Anthology (New York: Macmillan Co, 1916) TAKE note, passers-by, of the sharp erosions Eaten in my head-stone by the wind and rain— Almost as if an intangible Nemesis or hatred … Continue reading

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Lucinda Matlock by Edgar Lee Masters from Spoon River Anthology

Lucinda Matlock by Edgar Lee Masters from Spoon River Anthology (New York: Macmillan Co, 1916) I WENT to the dances at Chandlerville, And played snap-out at Winchester. One time we changed partners, Driving home in the moonlight of middle June, … Continue reading

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