Winesburg, Ohio

Winesburg, Ohio

By Sherwood Anderson; Malcolm Cowley (Introduction by)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140186550, 256pp.

Publication Date: September 1992

George Willard is a young reporter on the Winesburg Eagle to whom, one by one, the inhabitants of Winesburg, Ohio, confide their hopes, their dreams, and their fears. This town of friendly but solitary people comes to life as Anderson's special talent exposes the emotional undercurrents that bind its people together. In this timeless cycle of short stories, he lays bare the life of a small town in the American Midwest.
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About the Author
Sherwood Anderson was an American novelist, short-story writer, memoirist, essayist, and poet. A successful copywriter and business owner, Anderson s experience of a nervous breakdown precipitated his abandonment of his business and family in order to pursue a full-time writing career.

Anderson went on to produce more than twenty published works in his lifetime, including the enduring short-story collection, Winesburg, Ohio, and his semi-autobiographical style served as an influence for some of the brightest writers of the succeeding generation, including Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, and Thomas Wolfe. Anderson died in 1941.

Malcolm Cowley, one of America's best-known literary critics, was literary editor of the "New"" Republic"" "from 1929 to 1940. Among his many books are "Exile's Return,"" After the Genteel Tradition,"" "and, most recently, "The Faulkner-Cowley File."
Henry Dan Piper is Profes-sor of English at Southern Illinois University. His most recent book is "F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Critical Portrait."