This article is about the novel. 1919 short story winesburg ohio by sherwood anderson pdf by the American author Sherwood Anderson. The work is structured around the life of protagonist George Willard, from the time he was a child to his growing independence and ultimate abandonment of Winesburg as a young man.
Mostly written from late 1915 to early 1916, with a few stories completed closer to publication, they were “conceived as complementary parts of a whole, centered in the background of a single community. The book consists of twenty-two stories, with the first story, “The Book of the Grotesque”, serving as an introduction.
Each of the stories shares a specific character’s past and present struggle to overcome the loneliness and isolation that seems to permeate the town. Stylistically, because of its emphasis on the psychological insights of characters over plot, and plain-spoken prose, Winesburg, Ohio is known as one of the earliest works of Modernist literature. Winesburg, Ohio was received well by critics despite some reservations about its moral tone and unconventional storytelling.