Picture of Edgar Lee Masters, author of Spoon River Anthology; novelist and short story writer; twentieth century American Literature
Book Art by Jim Rosenau
Masters and Spoon River
On this day in 1914 the first installment of Edgar Lee Masters's Spoon River Anthology appeared, with the full 244 "epitaphs," published in book form in 1916. Despite fears of a backlash due to his realistic and unflattering view of life in a Midwest village, the book was an instant hit, and the national praise so outdid the local anger that Masters was eventually able to give up legal practice and become a full time writer.

 

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