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Essay from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, http://www.uni-jena.de/ (Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: Academic Writing 1, language: English, abstract: “Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history” (Lincoln 537). This popular statement made by Abraham Lincoln represents a universal truth. Edgar Lee Masters’ work Spoon River Anthology strongly sticks to this idea. The collection of poems illustrates the point of view of deceased citizens contemplating about their lives in the fictional town Spoon River. Many late-citizens are fictional while some others, like William H. Herndon, Hannah Armstrong and Anne Rutledge, have clear similarities to real persons. It will be shown that Masters borrowed the concepts of these three characters from history and that Abraham Lincoln is the link between reality and fiction.