Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

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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."

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The 342nd 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. - 46th on D. G. Myers’ 50 Greatest English Language Novels (D. G. Myers)
  3. - 73rd on The Top 10: The Greatest Books of All Time (The Top 10 (Book))
  4. - 87th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)
  5. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at
  6. - The 80 Books Every Man Should Read (Esquire)
  7. - The Graphic Canon (Book)

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