Hands Criticism

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Though it has been widely anthologized since its publication, there is little substantive criticism of "Hands" as a separate work. The story first appeared in a small Chicago literary magazine called the Masses, where it attracted some attention from the literary elite in that city, but the magazine did not enjoy a large body of readers. Typically, the story is studied as one integral part of the whole book that is Winesburg, Ohio.Perhaps because "Hands" is essentially the first story of the larger work, it is frequently discussed as it introduces themes, techniques, and characters found throughout the larger work.

Anderson often complained toward the end of his life that the early reviews of Winesburg, Ohio were too harsh, but in fact they were largely favorable. The book's success brought "Hands" to readers all across the country, and reviews were published in New York, San Francisco, and...

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