Winesburg, Ohio

A cycle about George Willard, from the time he was a child to his growing independence and ultimate abandonment of Winesburg.

“You must try to forget all you have learned,’ said the old man. ‘You must begin to dream. From this time on you must shut your ears to the roaring of the voices.” (excerpt)

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.



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Winesburg, Ohio – by Sherwood Anderson – on Goodreads

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