Edgar Lee Masters Spoon River has 244 accounts of the lives of people in the town that explain its goings on over a couple of centuries. Each free form verse is presented as an epitaph of one of the citizens delivered themselves, often criticizing the words said about them on their tombstone or the monument or stone left above them.
The stories build on one another as well as reference various family members and others mentioned in other stories. Sherwood Anderson does a similar thing in Winesburg, Ohio where major characters in their own right become bit players in other people's narratives. It reminds one of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead where Hamlet is only a bit player in their lives. The interplay between successful and unsuccessful, those who think they are high born, as one successful man thought, but was actually the illegitimate child of an old woman who never got to nurture her own successful child. These interplays move the story forward as well as our hearts in reading them.
Edgar Lee Masters Deemed "essential" in the canon of American literature, this audiobook masterpiece performed in its entirety by a full cast makes the classic accessible to everyone. From a cemetery in a fictional mid-American town, the dead speak the truths about their lives. Some speak of hardships and sordidness; others, of their simple, honest, happy lives. Some are elderly and others are youthful or children; mortality has claimed them all. Their voices reach us deeply, alternately plaintive, anguished, enigmatic, angry, contemptuous, and comedic, evoking themes of love and hope, disappointment, despair, and abiding faith. As the Spoon River residents examine their lives, they invite us to do the same.
Edgar Lee Masters Un secolo fa, con l'Antologia di Spoon River e i suoi oltre 200 immortali personaggi che popolano un piccolo cimitero di campagna, Edgar Lee Masters ha consegnato ai posteri la memoria poetica di una comunità. Cent'anni dopo, quei personaggi trovano una voce nuova grazie a 243 ragazzi e ragazze e alla loro interpretazione spontanea, da attori per un giorno. Così il microcosmo umano che era ieri un'immaginaria cittadina dell'Illinois rivive oggi in una rete di scuole dall'altra parte del mondo. Opera collettiva realizzata dagli studenti del "Sabin" di Bologna e del "Morigia-Perdisa" di Ravenna, più una squadra di ex (rintracciati perfino in Cina!), Spoon River è un grande happening virtuale, registrato live nelle aule, in sala d'incisione, talvolta a distanza e con mezzi di fortuna, in un colorato mix di accenti e di provenienze. Con la partecipazione straordinaria di David Riondino. Traduzione di Galilea Maioli. Per gentile concessione del prof. Hilary Masters. Tracklist e molto altro su spoonriveritaly.net. Una produzione Quondam/Parametri Musicali/RavennaPoesia.
One century ago, with Spoon River Anthology and its 200+ immortal characters populating a small country cemetery, Edgar Lee Masters handed down to posterity the poetic memory of a community. A hundred years later, those characters find a new voice thanks to 243 boys and girls and their spontaneous interpretation, as one-day actors. So the human microcosm that was yesterday an imaginary Illinois town revives today in a school network on the other side of the world. A collective work realized by students from Bologna and Ravenna, plus a team of ex-students (tracked down even to China!), Spoon River is a great virtual happening, recorded live in classrooms, in recording studio, sometimes at a distance and by makeshift means, in a colorful mix of accents and origins. Featuring David Riondino. Translated by Galilea Maioli. Courtesy of Prof. Hilary Masters. Tracklist and much more at spoonriveritaly.net.