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September 01, 1992
5.0 X 7.6 X 0.5 inches | 0.4 pounds
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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.
"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