Other books bySherwood Anderson
A Group of Tales of Ohio Small-town Life
Sherwood Anderson writes almost as if he were eavesdropping on the private domestic lives of a small Ohio town's inhabitants in the early 1900's. The central figure, George Willard, is a young budding journalist working for the local paper who allows the listener in on the latest gossip being circulated in this casual study of the insular Midwest, when America was still growing up.This timeless collection charted a new stylistic path for modern fiction. Through twenty-two connected short stories, Sherwood Anderson looks into the lives of the inhabitants of a small town in the American heartland. These psychological portraits of the sensitive and imaginative of Winesburg's population are seen through the eyes of a young reporter-narrator, George Willard. Their stories are about loneliness and alienation, passion and virginity, wealth and poverty, thrift and profligacy, carelessness and abandon. With its simple and intense style, Winesburg, Ohio evokes the quiet moments of epiphany in the lives of ordinary men and women.Table of Contents1. The Book of the Grotesque2. Handsâconcerning Wing Biddlebaum3. Paper Pillsâconcerning Doctor Reefy4. Motherâconcerning Elizabeth Willard5. The Philosopherâconcerning Doctor Parcival6. Nobody Knowsâconcerning Louise Trunnion7. Godliness , Parts I and IIâconcerning Jesse Bentley8. Godliness , Surrender (Part III)âconcerning Louise Bentley9. Godliness , Terror (Part IV)âconcerning David Hardy10. A Man of Ideasâconcerning Joe Welling11. Adventureâconcerning Alice Hindman12. Respectabilityâconcerning Wash Williams13. The Thinkerâconcerning Seth Richmond14. Tandyâconcerning Tandy Hard15. The Strength of Godâconcerning The Reverend Curtis Hartman16. The Teacherâconcerning Kate Swift17. Lonelinessâconcerning Enoch Robinson18. An Awakeningâconcerning Belle Carpenter19. Queerâconcerning Elmer Cowley20. The Untold Lieâconcerning Ray Pearson21. Drinkâconcerning Tom Foster22. Deathâconcerning Doctor Reefy and Elizabeth Willard23. Sophisticationâconcerning Helen White24. Departureâconcerning George Willard
"Nothing quite like it has ever been done in America. . . . It is so vivid, so full of insight, so shiningly life-like and glowing, that the book is lifted into a category all its own," wrote H.L. Mencken, speaking of Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio," Anderson, he said, is "America's Most Distinctive Novelist." "Marching Men," Anderson's 1917 second novel, is a tale taht focuses on the plight of the working man in an industrial society. Like all of Anderson's tales, it's an important social commentary, and not to be overlooked.
Winesburg, Ohio, gave birth to the American story cycle, for which William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and later writers were forever indebted. Defying the prudish sensibilities of his time, Anderson never omitted anything adult, harsh, or shocking; instead he embraced frankness, truth, and the hidden depths everyone possesses. Here we meet young George Willard, a newspaper reporter with dreams; Kate Swift, the schoolteacher who attempts to seduce him; Wing Biddlebaum, a berry picker whose hands are the source of both his renown and shame; Alice Hindman, who has one last adventure; and all the other complex human beings whose portraits brought American literature into the modern age. Their stories make up a classic and place its author alongside the best of American writers. With an Introduction by Irving Howe and an Afterword by Dean Koontz
A fantastic read for any scholar or student interested in philosophy, epistemology, or ontology.