Sherwood Anderson Books

Easton Press Sherwood Anderson books: 
Winesburg, Ohio - Library of the World's Best Short Stories

Franklin Library Sherwood Anderson books:
Winesburg, Ohio - 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature - 1976
Winesburg, Ohio - Greatest Books of the Twentieth Century - 1978
Winesburg, Ohio - Collected Stories of the World's Greatest Writers - 1980
Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941), was an American author, born in Camden Ohio. He left school at the age of fourteen and worked at various odd jobs until 1898, when he joined the U.S. Army. He served in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. After the war Sherwood Anderson returned to Ohio and found employment as the manager of a paint factory. Though highly successful, He found the position monotonous. Sherwood Anderson left it abruptly in 1916 and went to Chicago, where he began to do creative writing. His work won praise from prominent American authors of the day, notably Theodore Dreiser, Carl Sandburg, and Ben Hecht. Sherwood Anderson wrote two novels and a volume of verse between 1916 and 1918, but his talent was not widely recognized until the publication (1919) of the collection of short stories Winesburg, Ohio, which deals with the instinctive, if inarticulate, struggle of ordinary people to assert their individuality in the face of standardization imposed by the machine age.
Noted for his poetic realism, psychological insight, and sense of the tragic, Sherwood Anderson helped also to establish a simple, consciously naive short-story style.
Winesburg, Ohio
Winesburg, Ohio depicts the strange, secret lives of the inhabitants of a small town. In "Hands," Wing Biddlebaum tries to hide the tale of his banishment from a Pennsylvania town, a tale represented by his hands. In "Adventure," lonely Alice Hindman impulsively walks naked into the night rain. Threaded through the stories is the viewpoint of George Willard, the young newspaper reporter who, like his creator, stands witness to the dark and despairing dealings of a community of isolated people.

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