Books: Epitaphs

THE NEW SPOON RIVER—Edgar Lee Masters—Boni & Liveright ($2.50). The Spoon River Anthology was published, first serially, then in book form, just before the War. It consisted of compressed, ironic little dramas in verse—the biting epitaphs of the dead of Spoon River, the voices of the inarticulate suddenly articulate from the grave. It was variously welcomed, but always with interest, its powerful originality indisputable. The War is over, but people are still dying in Spoon River. The foreign born have come into their own. Spoon River has become "a ganglion for the monster...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!