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Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
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Spoon River Anthology (1914)

by Edgar Lee Masters

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Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters (1914)

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love it every time ( )
  armysquirrel | Jan 1, 2018 |
I really love the concept of this book. I thought there were very few poems that would work as stand-alone pieces, but I thought the way the characters were in conversation with one another was fantastic. I imagine that I might find even more connections and thereby like the book better with re-reading, though I can't promise I'll actually follow through with testing that theory. As a writer, I was very inspired to translate some of the ideas going on here to my own work, so I'm glad I finally got to it. ( )
  StefanieBrookTrout | Feb 4, 2017 |
I read this after seeing the play version and absolutely fell in love with Masters stories. ( )
  caseybp | Jan 19, 2016 |
Some of the writing, albeit morbid, is downright delicious. Best taken in small doses, however. He beats the theme like a dead horse. I pride myself on a high tolerance for grief and morbidity, and I could only make it halfway through. Not surprising that James Franco made a contest of adapting it into a short film. There are about eight minutes' worth of gripping, compelling, poetry in this book. Save the rest for when you're feeling Poe-ish, or have just gone through a break-up and want to read about a caste of characters who are all worse off than you. ( )
  Sarah_Beaudette | Apr 13, 2015 |
Some of the writing, albeit morbid, is downright delicious. Best taken in small doses, however. He beats the theme like a dead horse. I pride myself on a high tolerance for grief and morbidity, and I could only make it halfway through. Not surprising that James Franco made a contest of adapting it into a short film. There are about eight minutes' worth of gripping, compelling, poetry in this book. Save the rest for when you're feeling Poe-ish, or have just gone through a break-up and want to read about a caste of characters who are all worse off than you. ( )
  Sarah_Beaudette | Apr 13, 2015 |
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Masters, Edgar Leeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bjerke, AndréTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hollander, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pivano , FernandaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Porta, AntonioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Where are Elmer, Herman, Bert, Tom and Charley,
The weak of will, the strong of arm, the clown, the boozer, the fighter?
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E un giudice, un giudice con la faccia da uomo
mi spedì a sfogliare i tramonti in prigione
inutile al mondo ed alle mie dita
bollato per sempre truffatore imbroglione
dottor professor truffatore imbroglione.
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«Dormono, dormono, dormono tutti quanti sulla collina.» Duecentoquarantatré lapidi nel cimitero di Spoon River raccontano altrettante vite, inchiodando ciascun personaggio all'attimo decisivo della sua esistenza. Ricordi, paesaggi, immagini, gesti sono riassunti in un breve rosario di parole, richiamati in vita dalle voci che parlano dalle tombe. "Vite di uomini non illustri" si potrebbe definire questa grande commedia di caratteri, questo esemplare catalogo di ruoli, quest'ironica, commovente e universale enciclopedia di dolori, rimpianti ed emozioni.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486272753, Paperback)

A landmark of 20th-century American literature: a series of over 200 compelling free-verse monologues in which former citizens of a mythical Midwestern town speak touchingly from the grave of the thwarted hopes and dreams of their lives. Reprinted from the authoritative 1915 edition.

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The dead arise from their sleep in the cemetery of a small town to tell their individual stories about an entire community caught in a web of scandal, sin, and vice in the early twentieth century.

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