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Edgar Lee Masters : a biography

Autore: Herbert K Russell
Editore: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2001.
Edizione/Formato:   Libro : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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"This is the first book-length biography of Edgar Lee Masters, author of the celebrated Spoon River Anthology, one of the most widely read and discussed volumes of poetry ever written in America." "Herbert K. Russell conveys the internal contradictions that drove Masters throughout his life and kept the happiness, love, security, and success he dreamed of always out of reach. Masters was one of America's most  Per saperne di più…
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Genere/forma: Biography
Persona incaricata: Edgar Lee Masters; Edgar Lee Masters
Tipo materiale: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Tipo documento: Book
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Herbert K Russell
ISBN: 0252026160 9780252026164
Numero OCLC: 44090387
Descrizione: x, 462 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contenuti: Road to Spoon River --
A Dark, Poetic Hamlet --
White Stones in a Summer Sun --
When Spoon River Was in Flood --
Reflections on Spoon River --
A Country Place --
The Magic Princess of the Sleeping Palace --
Heart's Desire --
The Judas Kiss --
Satin Apples, Sour Grapes --
Masters at Midcareer --
The Literary Lion and the Roaring Twenties --
Masters Marries Girl! --
Life as an Empty Bucket --
What Abe Lincoln Said --
A Poet in America --
Life at the Chelsea --
A Strip of Faded Carpet and an Old Clipping --
A Lonely Old Man in New York --
Last Chapter.
Responsabilità: Herbert K. Russell.

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Including the use of Masters' adult diaries, this is the book-length biography of a tragic American poet who was his own worst enemy.  Per saperne di più…

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