Windy McPherson's Son

Windy McPherson's Son

Sherwood Anderson / Dec 07, 2019

Windy McPherson s Son Nothing quite like it has ever been done in America It is so vivid so full of insight so shiningly life like and glowing that the book is lifted into a category all its own wrote H L Mencken spea

  • Title: Windy McPherson's Son
  • Author: Sherwood Anderson
  • ISBN: 9780252063572
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nothing quite like it has ever been done in America It is so vivid, so full of insight, so shiningly life like and glowing, that the book is lifted into a category all its own, wrote H.L Mencken, speaking of Anderson s Winesburg, Ohio Anderson, he said, is America s Most Distinctive Novelist Windy McPherson s Son, Anderson s 1916 first novel, concerns a b Nothing quite like it has ever been done in America It is so vivid, so full of insight, so shiningly life like and glowing, that the book is lifted into a category all its own, wrote H.L Mencken, speaking of Anderson s Winesburg, Ohio Anderson, he said, is America s Most Distinctive Novelist Windy McPherson s Son, Anderson s 1916 first novel, concerns a boy s life in Iowa Like all of Anderson s tales, it s an important social commentary, and not to be overlooked.

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    About "Sherwood Anderson"

      • Sherwood Anderson

        Sherwood Anderson was an American writer who was mainly known for his short stories, most notably the collection Winesburg, Ohio That work s influence on American fiction was profound, and its literary voice can be heard in Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, John Steinbeck, Erskine Caldwell and others.From PBS Sherwood Anderson, 1876 1941 , was an American short story writer and novelist Although none of his novels was wholly successful, several of his short stories have become classics Anderson was a major influence on the generation of American writers who came after him These writers included Ernest Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner Anderson thus occupies a place in literary history that cannot be fully explained by the literary quality of his work.Anderson was born on Sept 13, 1876, in Camden, Ohio He never finished high school because he had to work to support his family By 1912, he was the successful manager of a paint factory in Elyria, Ohio, and the father of three children by the first of his four wives In 1912, Anderson deserted his family and job In early 1913, he moved to Chicago, where he devoted time to his imaginative writing He became a heroic model for younger writers because he broke with what they considered to be American materialism and convention to commit himself to art.Anderson s most important book is WINESBURG, OHIO 1919 , a collection of 22 stories The stories explore the lives of inhabitants of Winesburg, a fictional version of Clyde, Ohio, the small farm town where Anderson lived for about 12 years of his early life These tales made a significant break with the traditional American short story Instead of emphasizing plot and action, Anderson used a simple, precise, unsentimental style to reveal the frustration, loneliness, and longing in the lives of his characters These characters are stunted by the narrowness of Midwestern small town life and by their own limitationsad


    835 Comments

    1. Good, though somewhat predictable and less than fully convincing rags to riches story. Sam McPherson is driven, from a young age, toward business success. He finds success, but of course fails to find happiness, and also discovers that his money and power can't change the lives of everyday people when he finally once he finally looks out for someone other than himself. The implausible domestic bliss he finally achieves at the end also strains credulity in what is supposedly a realist novel. The [...]


    2. I really liked this book. It is depressing in that it is a portrait of small town poverty in early 1900's. The drunken father contributes nothing but shame to his family, while his young wife slaves away trying to feed her children, ultimately working herself into an early grave. The only joy is that the son is a beam brilliance in an otherwise not so shining town.


    3. Sherwood Anderson's first novel. A not too subtle social morality tale, but one that serves well for today. The cautions against the evils of corporate greed still resonate. His feelings on socialism are interestingly indifferent, but conclusions on the power and importance of the family are predictable.


    4. As always, I appreciate those that document their own time and place. The romance, oh, the romance. It seems so corny and out-dated, but, the fiercely heart-felt and almost embarassingly honest soliloquys of Sam McPherson rank among the best in American literature.


    5. A solid first novel, from a man that had a lot to say, and clearly knew how he wanted to say it.Even if the story felt predictable at times, it never felt like a chore to read.


    6. Says much in few words. It's surprising how short the book is (235 page as an ebook) yet it tells such a thoroughly detailed story about the characters. Great writing.


    7. One of Anderson's lesser known books. Of course, it seems all of Anderson's books are his lesser known booksThat has to change!



    8. Perhaps the only book ever written that includes a character named Windy. Of course, this Windy happens to be a man, but that's only a small detail.


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