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Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

Before Raymond Carver, John Cheever, and Richard Ford, there was Sherwood Anderson, who, with Winesburg, Ohio, charted a new direction in American fiction — evoking with lyrical simplicity quiet moments of epiphany in the lives of ordinary men and women. In a bed, elevated so that he can peer out the window, an old writer contemplates the fluttering of his heart and considers, as if viewing a pageant, the inhabitants of a small midwestern town. Their stories are about loneliness and alienation, passion and virginity, wealth and poverty, thrift and profligacy, carelessness and abandon. "Nothing quite like it has ever been done in America," wrote H. L. Mencken. "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." - Publisher
First published in 1919


The 210th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. 24th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
  2. The 75 Books Every Man Should Read ()


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