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Reception

Jason Stacy

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

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780252043833
eISBN:
9780252052736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043833.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The book version of Spoon River Anthology (1915) proved to be a best seller that has never been out of print. Chapter 5 follows the reception of the book, starting with its acclaim by modernist ... More


Rampant Yokelisms

Jason Stacy

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

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780252043833
eISBN:
9780252052736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043833.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 4 analyzes three types of citizen found in Spoon River Anthology: populist, elite, and exile. Each type eventually became familiar tropes in the mythological small town of the twentieth ... More


Introduction

Jason Stacy

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

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780252043833
eISBN:
9780252052736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043833.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In the nineteenth century, middle-class Americans mythologized the New England village as a repository of abiding American values in reaction to anxiety over the growth of large Northeastern cities. ... More


Frontiers: Closed and Opened

Jason Stacy

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

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780252043833
eISBN:
9780252052736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043833.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 3 considers the significance of the 1893 World’s Fair on contemporary notions of the Midwest as representative of the nation’s future. We follow Masters to Chicago, where he worked as a ... More


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

Jason Stacy

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780252043833
eISBN:
9780252052736
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043833.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

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 ... More


Conclusion

Jason Stacy

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

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780252043833
eISBN:
9780252052736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043833.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The conclusion of Spoon River America argues that postmodern portrayals of small towns in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries broadly fell into two categories: the exotic and the ... More


The Village Revolt

Jason Stacy

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

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780252043833
eISBN:
9780252052736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043833.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 6 traces Carl Van Doren’s claim in 1921 that Spoon River Anthology founded a literary “Revolt from the Village.” Van Doren argued that Midwestern authors inspired by Masters, such as Sherwood ... More


The Premodern Midwest

Jason Stacy

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

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780252043833
eISBN:
9780252052736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043833.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 2 focuses on Illinois, Masters’s home state and the location of the fictional Spoon River. Geographic, economic, and political factors in the early nineteenth century, as well as the growth ... More


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