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Free eBook Provides Close Examination of Classic Winesburg, Ohio
New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio is now available as a free eBook. Duane Simolke’s book serves as a resource for anyone interested in Sherwood Anderson’s classic tales of rural American life.
New Readings served as the doctoral dissertation of Duane Simolke at Texas Tech University. Dr. Simolke examines Winesburg, Ohio, as it relates to Gertrude Stein, gender roles, failed communication, and the machine in the garden. Sherwood Anderson’s friendship with and admiration of Stein greatly affected the contents and writing style of Winesburg. Simolke also looks at how Winesburg reflects Anderson’s concerns about mechanization, loneliness, and the mistreatment of many people. Anderson captured rural American life at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Reactions to New Readings…
“Refreshing, interesting and educating.” –Amos Lassen, Literary Pride
“This work should be required reading in any college course involving the art and craft of short-story writing as well as in courses on Sherwood Anderson, himself. I found the greatest pleasure in reading a while from Simolke's work, then reading from Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio. Simolke's book is a great reading guide, as well as a thoughtful and measured reading experience all by itself.” –Ronald L. Donaghe, author of Common Sons
Duane Simolke also wrote The Acorn Stories, a collection of fiction that reflects the influences of Stein, Anderson, and various other writers. Visit DuaneSimolke.Com for more about Simolke’s works, and for his extensive links to Sherwood Anderson resources.
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Duane Simolke, Ph.D., wrote the books The Acorn Stories, Degranon, Holding Me Together, and New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio. He co-wrote The Return of Innocence and The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer. His home page (http://DuaneSimolke.Com) includes some of his writing, as well as a variety of links.
Simolke was born in New Orleans on May 28, 1965, and now lives in Lubbock, Texas. Majoring in English, Simolke studied at Belmont University (BA, 89), Hardin-Simmons University (MA, 91), and Texas Tech University (Ph.D., 96).