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Mitch Miller   By: (1868-1950)

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Mitch Miller by Edgar Lee Masters is a haunting and introspective novel that delves deep into the complexities of human nature and the consequences of one's actions. Set in a small Midwestern town, the story follows the life of Mitch Miller, a charismatic and enigmatic protagonist who captures the attention of the entire community.

Masters’ writing style is captivating and thought-provoking, drawing readers into the melancholic world he creates. Through a series of poetic and poignant vignettes, the author reveals the dark secrets, desires, and emotions that lie beneath the surface of each character's façade.

The characterization in Mitch Miller is one of its greatest strengths. Masters crafts a rich tapestry of individuals, each with their own unique struggles and flaws. Mitch himself is a compelling figure, simultaneously magnetic and elusive. As the narrative unfolds, we come to understand the profound impact he has on those around him, for better or worse.

The themes explored in the novel, such as love, betrayal, and mortality, are universally relatable and deeply resonant. Masters seamlessly weaves these themes together, inviting readers to question their own beliefs and values. The book encourages introspection, urging us to contemplate the consequences of our choices and the legacy we leave behind.

What sets Mitch Miller apart from other novels is the way it experiments with form and structure. Instead of a linear narrative, the story is presented through a series of interconnected poems and monologues. This unconventional approach lends the novel an extra layer of complexity and depth, challenging readers to actively engage with the text.

Though the book may be seen as melancholic and somber, there is an undeniable beauty in its exploration of the human condition. Masters' prose is filled with vivid imagery and evocative language, painting a vivid portrait of a community shaped by its inhabitants' hopes, dreams, and failures.

In conclusion, Mitch Miller is a haunting and beautifully written novel that delves into the complexities of human existence. Edgar Lee Masters' masterful storytelling and poetic prose captivate readers, while his exploration of universal themes invites introspection and contemplation. Mitch Miller is a book that stays with you long after you've turned the final page, reminding us of the enduring impact of our choices and the depths of our own humanity.

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With Illustrations By JOHN SLOAN


All rights reserved


Set up and electrotyped. Published October, 1920.

Norwood Press

J. S. Cushing Co. Berwick & Smith Co.

Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

To My Little Daughters MADELINE AND MARCIA


[Illustration: Mitch Miller]

Supposin' you was lyin' in a room and was asleep or pretty near asleep; and bein' asleep you could hear people talkin' but it didn't mean nothin' to you just talk; and you kind of knew things was goin' on around you, but still you was way off in your sleep and belonged to yourself as a sleeper, and what was goin' on didn't make no difference to you; and really, supposin' you was tryin' to get back into deeper sleep before you heard these things. And then, supposin' now and then as your eyes rolled back into your head while sleepin' you saw through the lids not tryin' to look, but your eyes just saw as they rolled past the open place between the lids and you saw squares of light and dark, or maybe roundish blurs... Continue reading book >>

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