Monday, February 24, 7:00 p.m.
In the Bentley Conference Room on 2nd Floor
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941: Sherwood Anderson is best known for his short stories, which realistically describe small town American life in the early twentieth century. Anderson's work frequently explores the theme of disillusionment with everyday life, pitted against the quest to find success. Using everyday speech and a direct, naturalistic style, Anderson's stories deceptively employ simplicity in order to explore the complex workings of the subconscious. Anderson is hailed as one of the finest American writers of the twentieth century, and as a powerful influence for writers such as Faulkner and Hemingway.
His first novel, Windy McPherson's Son, was published in 1914. Along with his second, Marching Men, of 1917, he later commented that his first novels were raw and immature. He is best known for his classic collection of tales, Winesburg, Ohio, which he had begun writing in 1915 and generally wrote in the order the stories appear in the text. The book was published in 1919 and received much acclaim, establishing him as a talented modern American author. He espoused themes similar to the later works of T.S. Eliot and other modernists.
Winesburg, Ohio Description: Through twenty-three connected short stories, the author looks into the lives of the inhabitants of a small town in the American heartland. In a simple and intense style, these psychological portraits of the sensitive and imaginative of Winesburg's population are seen through the eyes of a young reporter-narrator, George Willard. Their stories are about loneliness and alienation, passion and virginity, wealth and poverty, thrift and profligacy, carelessness and abandon.
Contents: Tales and the persons: Book of the grotesque -- Hands-concerning Wing Biddlebaum -- Paper pills-concerning Doctor Reefy -- Mother-concerning Elizabeth Willard -- Philosopher-concerning Doctor Parcival -- Nobody knows-concerning Louise Trunnion -- Godliness (parts one and two)-concerning Jesse Bentley -- Surrender (part three)-concerning Louise Bentley -- Terror (part four)-concerning David Hardy -- Man of ideas-concerning Joe Welling -- Adventure-concerning Alice Hindman -- Respectibility-concerning Wash Williams -- Thinker-concerning Seth Richmond -- Tandy-concerning Tandy Hard -- Strength of God-concerning the Reverend Curtis Hartman -- Teacher-concerning Kate Swift -- Loneliness-concerning Enoch Robinson - Awakening-concerning Belle Carpenter -- 'Queer'-concerning Elmer Cowley.