Tar: A Midwest Childhood; A Critical Text



From The Jacket Flap Tar Is Written In Third Person, As The Story Of Tar Moorhead, Who In Childhood Comes To An Awareness Of The Poverty, The Ugliness, The Suffering, And, Ultimately, Of The Latent Beauty Of Small Town Life In Late Nineteenth Century Ohio It Remains A Basic Document For Students Of Sherwood Anderson S Life One Of The Greatest Representative Lives In American LiteratureIn This Volume, Biographical And Bibliographical Annotations, With Cross References To A Storyteller S Story And Sherwood Anderson S Memoirs, Help Establish The Factual Framework For Tar Included Is A Discussion By William Alfred Sutton Who Has Devoted Special Study To Anderson S Youth Of The Recently Found Diaries Of The Writer S Parents Also Included Is An Earlier Unpublished Version Of The Death In The Forest, The Masterful Anderson Short Story That Appears In TarTar: A Midwest Childhood; A Critical Text

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.org 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 devotedtime 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 limitations.read

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  • Hardcover
  • 257 pages
  • Tar: A Midwest Childhood; A Critical Text
  • Sherwood Anderson
  • English
  • 10 December 2017
  • 0829501592

10 thoughts on “Tar: A Midwest Childhood; A Critical Text

  1. says:

    Sometimes an author is famous for a particular book, and sometimes when you read something else by that author, you realize why Anderson s Winesburg, Ohio, is a triumphant example of what this tries and fails to be, i.e charmingly naive, pleasantly mysterious, hopeful Tar is the main character s name, except there s no real reason for the nickname And you won t care about him, or any of the other characters And the book goes on for three hundred pages So uh.

  2. says:

    This book was sitting on a shelf in my parents home throughout my childhood I finally got around to reading it and it was really worthwhile The sense of interiority that is developed and communicated in the book is unique..the dated features do nothing to detract from the work , It seems far better to read the Original before getting an edited critical version of the same book.

  3. says:

    This one was a real chore to get through I almost did not finish it A lot of snippets of stories from his other memoir were repeated here.

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