Winesburg, Ohio

Sherwood Anderson (Author) Malcolm Cowley (Introduction by)
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Description

"Winesburg, Ohio" (1919) is Sherwood Anderson's masterpiece, a cycle of short stories concerning life in a small Ohio town at the end of the nineteenth century.

At the centre is George Willard, a young reporter who becomes the confidant of the town's 'grotesques' -- solitary figures unable to communicate with others. George is their conduit for expression and solace from loneliness, but he has his own longings which eventually draw him away from home to seek a career in the city. He carries with him the dreams and unuttered words of remarkable characters such as Wing Biddlebaum, the disgraced former teacher, and the story-telling Doctor Parcival.

Product Details

Price
$10.00  $9.20
Publisher
Penguin Group
Publish Date
September 01, 1992
Pages
256
Dimensions
5.0 X 0.5 X 7.6 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780140186550

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About the Author

Born in 1876, Sherwood Anderson grew up in a small town in Ohio--an experience that was the basis of his greatest achievements as a writer. He served in the Spanish-American War, worked as an advertising man, and managed an Ohio paint factory before abandoning both job and family to embark on a literary career in Chicago. His first novel, Windy McPherson's Son, was published in 1916; his second, Marching Men, a characteristic study of the individual in conflict with industrial society, appeared in 1917. But it is Winesburg, Ohio (1919), with its disillusioned view of small-town lives, that is generally considered his masterpiece. Later novels--Poor White, Many Marriages, and Dark Laughter--continued to depict the spiritual poverty of the machine age. Anderson died in 1941.

Malcolm Cowley (1898-1989) a leadiing literary figure of his time, wrote numerous books of literary criticism, essays, and poetry.

Reviews

"When he calls himself a 'poor scribbler' don't believe him. He is not a poor scribbler . . . he is a very great writer."--Ernest Hemingway

"Winesburg, Ohio, when it first appeared, kept me up a whole night in a steady crescendo of emotion."--Hart Crane

"As a rule, first books show more bravado than anything else, unless it be tediousness. But there is neither of these qualities in Winesburg, Ohio. . . . These people live and breathe: they are beautiful."--E. M. Forster

"Winesburg, Ohio is an extraordinarily good book. But it is not fiction. It is poetry."--Rebecca West