By Ronald Primeau
As the 1st full-length serious examine of Edgar Lee Masters, Beyond Spoon River is critical not just for its reevaluation of this American poet and his paintings but additionally for its worthy insights into relevant questions of aesthetics, regionalism, and the character and that means of literary influence.
The inordinate acclaim for Spoon River Anthology has for a few years unfairly constrained Masters' attractiveness as a "one-book phenomenon," even supposing among 1911 and 1942 he wrote over fifty different books—most of that have been overlooked or misinterpreted accurately simply because they tried a large-scale rewriting of what he felt were obscured or distorted within the Anglo-American culture. Masters' extensive studying within the entire of western literature formed his personal attitudes, subject matters, and magnificence, and his exact money owed of that studying and its impact on his paintings shape the root for this reinterpretation of his position in American poetry during this century.
After reviewing Masters' personal statements on literary impact and his function as a critic, Primeau devotes the most physique of his research to the foremost impacts on Masters' work—the Greeks, Goethe, Emerson, Whitman, Shelley, and Browning. For Masters, the composite of a lot of these affects supplied a corrective to the poetry and feedback of his time, which he little well known. Primeau concludes by means of exploring Masters' midwestern background within the mild of modern reinterpretations of regionalism.
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Beyond Spoon River: The Legacy of Edgar Lee Masters (The Dan Danciger Publication Series) by Ronald Primeau