Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
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By the end of the novel, I wanted to start over as a child and experience that moment all over again...We’re all making decisions to have an adventure or not have one, every day. The process of coming of age never really ends.
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Published in 1919, Winesburg, Ohio is Sherwood Anderson’s masterpiece, a work in which he achieved the goal to which he believed all true writers should aspire: to see and feel “all of life within.” In a perfectly imagined world, an archetypal small American town, he reveals the hidden passions that turn ordinary lives into unforgettable ones. Unified by the recurring presence of young George Willard, and played out against the backdrop of Winesburg, Anderson’s loosely connected chapters, or stories, coalesce into a powerful novel.

In such tales as “Hands,” the portrayal of a rural berry picker still haunted by the accusations of homosexuality that ended his teaching career, Anderson’s vision is as acute today as it was over eighty-five years ago. His intuitive ability to home in on examples of timeless, human conflicts—a workingman deciding if he should marry the woman who is to bear his child, an unhappy housewife who seeks love from the town’s doctor, an unmarried high school teacher sexually attracted to a pupil—makes this book not only immensely readable but also deeply meaningful. An important influence on Faulkner, Hemingway, and others who were drawn to Anderson’s innovative format and psychological insights, Winesburg, Ohio deserves a place among the front ranks of our nation’s finest literary achievements.
 

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Sherwood Anderson was born on September 13, 1876, in Camden, Ohio, and grew up in nearby Clyde. In 1898 he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Spanish-American War. In 1900 he enrolled in the Wittenberg Academy. The following year he moved to Chicago where he began a successful business career in advertising. Despite his business success, in 1912 Anderson walked away to pursue writing full time. His first novel was Windy McPherson's Son, published in 1916, and his second was Marching Men, published in 1917. The phenomenally successful Winesburg, Ohio, a collection of short stories about fictionalized characters in a small midwestern town, followed in 1919. Anderson wrote novels including The Triumph of the Egg, Poor White, Many Marriages, and Dark Laughter, but it was his short stories that made him famous. Through his short stories he revolutionized short fiction and altered the direction of the modern short story. He is credited with influencing such writers as William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Anderson died in March, 1941, of peritonitis suffered during a trip to South America. The epitaph he wrote for himself proclaims, "Life, not death, is the great adventure.
 
Published March 11, 2016 by Penguin Classics. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Romance. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Tan The Man on Jun 16 2013

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson intersects the people of Winesburg, Ohio, and explores how and why people live. As different as everyone is, there is a similarity that everyone shares.

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on Jul 18 2010

By the end of the novel, I wanted to start over as a child and experience that moment all over again...We’re all making decisions to have an adventure or not have one, every day. The process of coming of age never really ends.

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Reviewed by Linda JM on Jun 16 2013

I enjoyed reading these intense, unusual stories, and believe they were based on people Sherwood Anderson actually knew in his younger years...where he earned the nickname "Jobbie" because he was constantly looking for odd jobs.

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