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Kate Swift, “The Teacher” he thing to learn is to know what people are thinking about, not what they say. Sources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Paris Review, Sherwood Anderson by Brom Weber Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Horses Represent freedom of movement but also power under control Fire Symbolizes elements of vitality and life Hands Represent a person’s work and their unexpressed feelings Symbols American Nostalgia After the Civil War, the United States had to redefine itself. Anderson longs for some elements of the past but wonders about the future. Short Story Cycle The book is a series of stories linked together by time, place, and common characters. Anderson was a chief architect of the short story cycle genre. Lasting Influence Our Town, Spoon River Anthology, and A Prairie Home Companion all share roots with—and draw inspiration from—Winesburg, Ohio. Context An American known for his influential short stories, Anderson was born in Ohio and quit school in his teens to help support his family. Anderson had a variety of jobs and served in the army, but his goal was to be a published writer. Out of all his books, Winesburg, Ohio is his best known. SHERWOOD ANDERSON1876–1941 Author A writer gives people the opportunity to speak their personal truths aloud. Writer as Sounding Board Some talk too much, some don’t talk at all, and some can’t say what must be said. Speech & Silence People may be dreaming while awake and sometimes a dream can wake a person up. Reality & Dream This series of linked short stories exposes the intimate thoughts and secrets of the residents of a small, fictional town in Ohio. Anderson explores how different people remember the past—and what the past reveals about their future. Stories of a Town & Its Secrets THEMES English Original Language 1919 Year Published Sherwood Anderson Author Winesburg, Ohio Fiction Short Stories

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