Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio, New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1919

  1. Christopher MacGowan

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch41

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

How to Cite

MacGowan, C. (2011) Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio, New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1919, in The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch41

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160230

Online ISBN: 9781444393675

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Keywords:

  • Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio (1919);
  • Sherwood Anderson, important influence - on the early work of Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner;
  • stories of Chekhov and James Joyce - probable influences and Anderson, aware of sexual frankness in the work of D. H. Lawrence;
  • tales in Winesburg centering around a key epiphanic moment - not always associated with the book's absent protagonist, George Willard;
  • physical descriptions, minimal in Winesburg, Ohio - the story “Death,” narrator commenting on Dr. Reefy and Elizabeth Willard;
  • physical details and “circumstances of their existence” - turn-of-the-century realist reacting against symbolist writing of an earlier generation;
  • the book's characters, making such a claim as part of their confusion - but the stories do not;
  • book, describing impact of industrial revolution - upon small-town life, communities breaking up, replaced by anonymity of cities;
  • limitations of language, part of the book's central theme - recognizing that truths are relative, time-bound, and subject to change

Summary

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