by Sherwood Anderson

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Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson exposes the risk of composing a collection of mostly unrelated stories: the collection reads like an incomplete group of fragments, connected only because the people involved live in the same town.  Anderson introduces the collection as following the theme of the "grotesque," but this never becomes solidified: the reader never learns from it.  Furthermore, the collection uses excessive page space to ensure the reader that while every person has their own story, we probably won't get to hear about it.  By the end of the work, what I asked (and not out of curiosity) was: and then?

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