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DOMESDAY BOOK

SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY

BY EDGAR LEE MASTERS

SOME PRESS OPINIONS

"One of the greatest books of the present century." Nation.

"The 'Spoon River Anthology' has certain qualities essential to greatness originality of conception and treatment, a daring that would soar to the stars, an instant felicity and facility of expression." C. E. LAWRENCE in The Daily Chronicle .

"Mr. Edgar Lee Masters will become a classic ... so close packed is the book's pregnant wit, so outspoken its language, so destructive of cant and pharisaism and the veneer of the proprieties, so piercingly true in insight." EDWARD GARNETT in The Manchester Guardian .

"It is a remarkable book and it grips." Daily Telegraph.

"This book is of a quality that will endure.... Mr. Masters has been daring with the certainty of success." Liverpool Daily Post.

"A quite remarkable volume of verse ... quite masterly." Sphere.

"Its reality, ingenuity, irony, insight, and vision are unique." Bookman.

DOMESDAY BOOK

BY EDGAR LEE MASTERS AUTHOR OF "SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY," ETC.

LONDON EVELEIGH NASH COMPANY LIMITED 1921

COPYRIGHT IN THE U. S. A. BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

Printed in the United States of America

TO MY FATHER HARDIN WALLACE MASTERS SPLENDID INDIVIDUAL OF A PASSING SPECIES AN AMERICAN

CONTENTS

PAGE

DOMESDAY BOOK 1

THE BIRTH OF ELENOR MURRAY 4

FINDING OF THE BODY 9

THE CORONER 13

HENRY MURRAY 23

MRS. MURRAY 36

ALMA BELL TO THE CORONER 50

GREGORY WENNER 59

MRS. GREGORY WENNER 71

DR. TRACE TO THE CORONER 80

IRMA LEESE 84

MIRIAM FAY'S LETTER 94

ARCHIBALD LOWELL 101

WIDOW FORTELKA 110

REV. PERCY FERGUSON 118

DR. BURKE 126

CHARLES WARREN, THE SHERIFF 138

THE GOVERNOR 152

JOHN SCOFIELD 158

GOTTLIEB GERALD 163

LILLI ALM 173

FATHER WHIMSETT 179

JOHN CAMPBELL AND CARL EATON 188

AT FAIRBANKS 210

ANTON SOSNOWSKI 219

CONSIDER FREELAND 229

GEORGE JOSLIN ON LA MENKEN 237

WILL PAGET ON DEMOS AND HOGOS 247

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT 254

JANE FISHER 270

HENRY BAKER, AT NEW YORK 277

LOVERIDGE CHASE 286

AT NICE 289

THE MAJOR AND ELENOR MURRAY AT NICE 305

THE CONVENT 312

BARRETT BAYS 319

ELENOR MURRAY 356

THE JURY DELIBERATES 377

THE VERDICT 395

DOMESDAY BOOK

DOMESDAY BOOK

Take any life you choose and study it: It gladdens, troubles, changes many lives. The life goes out, how many things result? Fate drops a stone, and to the utmost shores The circles spread.

Now, such a book were endless, If every circle, riffle should be traced Of any life and so of Elenor Murray, Whose life was humble and whose death was tragic. And yet behold the riffles spread, the lives That are affected, and the secrets gained Of lives she never knew of, as for that. For even the world could not contain the books That should be written, if all deeds were traced, Effects, results, gains, losses, of her life, And of her death... Continue reading book >>




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