Main Street USA

Sherwood Anderson, the author of Winesburg, Ohio, understood human nature.  And he wrote about it in a beautifully unique way.

Even though the book was written in 1919, when the author lived and worked in Chicago, its message remains profound.  The novel is a collection of short stories based on a cast of odd characters who live in a fictional small town called Winesburg.

Imagine living in a small town in the early 1900’s where everyone knows everyone.  The town of Winesburg is the backbone upon which this story is written.  The people living in it are its moving parts.  Each chapter of the book conveys a message about life based on individual townspeople and their innermost desires.

As a writer, one quote from the book greatly impressed me:

“You must not become a mere peddler of words.  The thing to learn is to know what people are thinking about, not what they say.”

I found this book inspirational and deeply moving.  It is clear why this book is on the Top 150 Fictional Books list.  I hope my followers will love this book as much as I did.  It is amazing.

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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