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Sophistication Summary
Sherwood Anderson

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Sophistication Summary

Introduction

Sherwood Anderson wrote "Sophistication" as part of his novel Winesburg, Ohio, which was first published in 1919. For four years, living alone in an apartment in Chicago, he had worked steadily on the stories comprising the longer work, having been inspired by Edgar Lee Masters's Spoon River Anthology and Gertrude Stein's Three Lives. "Sophistication," one of the final three chapters of Winesburg, Ohio, though part of a larger work, has often been interpreted by critics and readers as an independent story. Early reviewers said that the story reveals the secrets and hopes of George Willard and Helen White through its use of clear, conversational diction and graphic description of setting. Critics also noted that the character of George was a not-well-disguised portrait of Anderson himself. In the story, George hopes to fulfill his dream of becoming a thoughtful writer, not a "mere peddler of words," as one of his teachers...

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