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The back cover to the Viking Critical Library Edition of Winesburg Ohio by Sherwood Anderson reads Winesburg Ohio is Sherwood Andersons 1919 volume of interconnected stories about an ordinary small town whose citizens struggle with extraordinary dreams and grotesque disappointments Back cover Viking Critical Library Edition of Winesburg Ohio by Sherwood Anderson edited by John H Ferres Viking Press 1996 The novel by the North-American writer is a collection of short stories about the life emotions and feelings of the townspeople of a fictional 1890s town Emotions that sustain throughout the whole of Winesburg Ohio are isolation and loneliness particularly as these emotions take their source from failure of affection or of creative expression Edwin FussellWinesburg Ohio Art and Isolation The Achievement of Sherwood Anderson edited by Ray Lewis White Chapel Hill Books 1966 Furthermore an unknown author states that The figures of Winesburg Ohio usually personify a condition of psychic deformity which is the consequence of some crucial failure in their lives Misogyny inarticulateness frigidity God-infatuation homosexuality drunkenness - these are symptoms of their recoil from the regularities of human intercourse unknown author httpwwwstudynetcomnovelswinesburgisolation Failure of communication the incompetence of self-expression and the universal condition of loneliness and isolation are emotions that tie together Sherwood Andersons compilation of short stories as well as the tale of the books main character George Willard who in the end will learn to accept these emotions and thus achieves maturity Being the towns newspaper reporter George becomes the person of contact for most of the towns citizens who suffer from isolation and loneliness Therefore I am going to analyse how isolation manifests itself within Sherwood Andersons novel Winesburg Ohio I will do so by showing how the characters from the book became so-called grotesques and by trying to define their failure of communication resulting in isolation followed by an outline of George Willards relation to the people of Winesburg Ohio Thirdly I want to follow Georges process of
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