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by Sherwood Anderson, Contrib. By Irving Howe
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Library Journal praised this edition of Sherwood Anderson's famed short stories as "the finest edition of this seminal work available." Reconstructed to be as close to the original text as possible, 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.
From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-Life in a small western town, by Sherwood Anderson. Narrated by Flo Gibson.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Editor White referred back to Anderson's original manuscript, typescript, letters, diaries, and early versions to reconstruct the most accurate edition of this 1919 staple available. (Classic Returns, LJ 1/97)
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
In 1919, Sherwood Anderson published a timeless book of connected short stories about the brave, cowardly, and altogether realistic inhabitants of an imaginary American town. In 2002, Caedmon gathered 25 respected American writers to read the stories. It's a concept production that works. A few quibbles, yes. The writers read empathetically but can swallow words or rush a sentence. And at first, it's startling to adapt to one reader only to change for the next story. That said, the different voices encourage one to focus on the uniqueness of each story. And the match between reader and story often illuminates a theme. Thus, Richard Ford, chronicler of men who sabotage their lives, renders the tale of Wing Littlebaum in "Hands" particularly heartbreaking. This production is full of such wonderful pieces--do listen. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
Midwest Book Review
This classic collection of stories set in Ohio is now available in a brilliant unabridged production read by much-praised narrator Terry Bregy. Published in 1919 and now considered to be one of the forerunners of modern fiction, Sherwood Anderson's ground-breaking masterpiece runs 6 1/2 hours, four cassettes.
"When he calls himself a 'poor scribbler' don't believe him. He is not a poor scribbler . . . he is a very great writer."--Ernest Hemingway
"Winesburg, Ohio, when it first appeared, kept me up a whole night in a steady crescendo of emotion."--Hart Crane
"As a rule, first books show more bravado than anything else, unless it be tediousness. But there is neither of these qualities in Winesburg, Ohio. . . . These people live and breathe: they are beautiful."--E. M. Forster
"Winesburg, Ohio is an extraordinarily good book. But it is not fiction. It is poetry."--Rebecca West
From the Trade Paperback edition.
'Here [is] a new order of short story,' said H. L. Mencken when Winesburg, Ohio was published in 1919. '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.' Indeed, Sherwood Anderson's timeless cycle of loosely connected tales--in which a young reporter named George Willard probes the hopes, dreams, and fears of the solitary people in a small Midwestern town at the turn of the century--embraced a new frankness and realism that ushered American literature into the modern age. 'There are moments in American life to which Anderson gave not only the first but the final expression,' wrote Malcolm Cowley. 'Winesburg, Ohio is far from the pessimistic or morbidly sexual work it was once attacked for being. Instead it is a work of love, an attempt to break down the walls of loneliness, and, in its own fashion, a celebration of small-town life in the lost days of good will and innocence.'
Sherwood Anderson's timeless cycle of loosely connected tales--in which a young reporter named George Willard probes the hopes, dreams, and fears of the solitary people in a small Midwestern town at the turn of the century--embraced a new frankness and realism that ushered American literature into the modern age.
Inside Flap Copy
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."
With Commentary by Sherwood Anderson, Rebecca West, and Hart Crane
From the Back Cover
"That single moment of aliveness--that epiphany, as Joyce would have called it...was the story Anderson told over and over, but without exhausting its freshness, for the story had as many variations as there were faces in his dreams."
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