Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Spoon River America – Edgar Lee Masters and the Myth of the American Small Town - Illinois Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Spoon River America: Edgar Lee Masters and the Myth of the American Small Town

Jason Stacy

Abstract

Edgar Lee Masters’s best-selling Spoon River Anthology (1915) captured a regional conception of Midwestern rural life, packaged it in verse by fictional dead people, and disseminated it so widely that the book helped shift the popular conception of the representative American municipality from the New England village to the Midwestern small town. Spoon River America: Edgar Lee Masters and the Myth of the American Small Town explores the atmosphere into which Masters’s book was born and the environments in which it thrived, even beyond the life and legacy of its author. Masters’s book aroused i ... More

Keywords: Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology, Midwest, New England, small towns, Ezra Pound, Amy Lowell, Carl Van Doren, William Allen White, It’s a Wonderful Life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043833
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043833.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Stacy, author
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville