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May 29, 2014

Masters and Spoon River

Edgar Lee Masters   (1869 - 1950)

Edgar Lee Masters (1869 – 1950)

By Steve King.

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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