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Spoon River has 244 accounts of the lives of people in the town that explain its goings on over a couple of centuries. Each free form verse is presented as an epitaph of one of the citizens delivered themselves, often criticizing the words said about them on their tombstone or the monument or stone left above them.

The stories build on one another as well as reference various family members and others mentioned in other stories. Sherwood Anderson does a similar thing in Winesburg, Ohio where major characters in their own right become bit players in other people's narratives. It reminds one of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead where Hamlet is only a bit player in their lives. The interplay between successful and unsuccessful, those who think they are high born, as one successful man thought, but was actually the illegitimate child of an old woman who never got to nurture her own successful child. These interplays move the story forward as well as our hearts in reading them.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patty | 2/20/2014

    " A very interesting little book. I enjoyed looking back on the lives of a small town. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Grey853 | 2/9/2014

    " If you like poems that tell a story, this is the one for you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kdesoto | 2/9/2014

    " I didn't like this book very much. It was tombstone poetry in chronological order. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ashley | 1/25/2014

    " There are some very dry monologues, but the great ones are worth searching for. Lucinda Matlock, Elsa Wertman, for example. "

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About the Author
Author Edgar Lee Masters

Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950) was an American poet, biographer, and dramatist. He published over thirty books, including biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, and Walt Whitman.