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Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
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Sep 01, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: classic-lit, dead-tree

I've trawled through many a 19th century small town newspaper for various research projects, and one's dirty linen was often hung out to dry for public view in the printed word. Old men running off with the serving girls, errant wives being tracked down and found in flagrante with their lovers, etc. I've even got a great-great-uncle whose wife was run out of town on a rail by "The Community" for her illicit affair with a neighbor. Nasty little Victorian Peyton Places. Reading Spoon River Anthology is like revisiting those musty old papers, and the anger, resignation, joy, sadness, and all the other emotions that roil in a small town, past and present, are beautifully conveyed by Masters' easy-to-process verse. I'm not much of a poetry reader - in fact, I tend to loathe it. But Homer, Shel Silverstein and Masters are the exceptions.
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Nissie Great review,Karla!

Kelly Oh, yeah, I really liked this too.

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