Winesburg, Ohio

Sherwood ANDERSON (1876 - 1941)

Published in 1919, and listed on the Modern Library roster of the 20th century's 100 greatest novels in English, Winesburg, Ohio presents a series of loosely related character studies of the inhabitants of a fictional Midwestern town that together form a novel of unusual unity and vision. The inarticulate and lonely citizens of Winesburg, each with his or her own secret tale to tell, frequently relate those tales to, or through their interactions with, the character of George Willard, a young Winesburg citizen on the cusp of manhood with dreams of becoming a writer. Thus Winesburg tells the story of the townspeople's loneliness and alienation in parallel with the tale of George's own coming of age. The citizens of Winesburg are described obliquely as "grotesques," but as the introductory chapter makes clear, "The grotesques were not all horrible. Some were amusing, some almost beautiful . . ." (Description by Stewart Wills)

Genre(s): Short Stories

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Book of the Grotesque, The Stewart Wills
00:08:08
Play 02 Hands Stewart Wills
00:15:22
Play 03 Paper pills Rosalind Wills
00:07:20
Play 04 Mother Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:23:43
Play 05 Philosopher, The David Rowland
00:15:17
Play 06 Nobody knows Patti Brugman
00:08:26
Play 07 Godliness Gigi Minden
00:23:23
Play 08 Godliness, Part II, also concerning Jesse Bentley webslog
00:23:20
Play 09 Godliness, Part III Surrender, concerning Louise Bentley Stewart Wills
00:19:01
Play 10 Godliness, Part IV Terror, concerning David Hardy David Barnes
00:12:45
Play 11 Man of Ideas, A Craig Summers
00:17:50
Play 12 Adventure Sandra
00:17:32
Play 13 Respectability Steve Karafit
00:16:00
Play 14 Thinker, The John Lieder
00:32:36
Play 15 Tandy Betsie Bush
00:07:27
Play 16 Strength of God, The Chris Hughes
00:18:32
Play 17 Teacher, The Chris Hughes
00:19:40
Play 18 Loneliness Betsie Bush
00:22:27
Play 19 Awakening, An J. M. Smallheer
00:18:12
Play 20 Queer ML Cohen
00:20:38
Play 21 Untold Lie, The Martin Rink
00:16:55
Play 22 Drink Miguel Rodriguez
00:19:58
Play 23 Death Cori Samuel
00:26:33
Play 24 Sophistication Val Grimm
00:23:27
Play 25 Departure ranchmutt
00:06:36