Winesburg, Ohio: A Group of Tales of Ohio Small-Town Life


Winesburg, Ohio is like that wheel of many colors, of which Anatole France writes, which had only to revolve to give a harmony of all the parts, which becomes the truth. These separate fragments of mid-American society combine to make a picture of American life which carries the inescapable conviction of reality. The stories are written out of the depths of imagination and intuition, out of a prolonged brooding over the fascinating spectacle of existence, but they combine that quality with a marvelous faculty of precise observation. Thus, the impression of surface realism is reinforced by that deeper realism which sees beyond and beneath the exterior world to the hidden reality which is the essence of things. Did not Schopenhauer, interpreting Goethe's own confessions, point out that this is precisely the quality of the artist: that it is given to him alone to perceive the metaphysically Real--das Ding au sich?

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1919


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