In his classic biography of Edgar Lee Masters, Herbert Russell tells the story of a writer defined by one single, enormously successful work.
We continue our 50 States of Generosity series with a focus on Illinois and its state fossil, the mysterious Tully monster.
“Spoon River America” by Jason Stacy explains how the myth of the small Midwestern town supplanted the myth of the New England village.
Join author Megan Willome as she learns a little wisdom poetry By Heart—’Dippold the Optician’ from Edgar Lee Masters’ ‘Spoon River Anthology.’
“Spoon River Anthology” is one of the great works of American literature, and reading it a third time yields new insights.
Who – what poems – would comprise your “poem-ography?”
Edgar Lee Masters (1868 – 1950) is best known for his famous book of poetry, Spoon River Anthology (1916), in which 244 voices speak of all the passion and tedium of life, and often death. Visiting Spoon River is to visit a poetic graveyard to read the headstones. Masters produced far more than this work. […]