Portraying the characters and events of a small Midwestern town at the
end of the nineteenth century, Winesburg, Ohio
is a chronological cycle of
stories which reads like an episodic novel. Centring on George Willard, a
young local reporter with big-city aspirations, and his conversations with fellow
inhabitants, the book gives voice to a disparate cast of figures and lays
bare the constraints and struggles of life in a small community.
A landmark work of American naturalism and a priceless chronicle of rural
life, Winesburg, Ohio
has been compared to the writings of Turgenev,
Chekhov, Dreiser and Twain, and hugely influenced authors such as Steinbeck,
Hemingway and Faulkner.
'The father of my generation of American writers and the tradition
of American writing which our successors will carry on.' William Faulkner
Read an excerpt from Winesburg, Ohio