Winesburg, Ohio Stories 8 – 9 by Sherwood Anderson

This week we bring you the next two stories from “Winesburg, Ohio” by Sherwood Anderson: “Godliness, A Tale in Four Parts” Part II, also concerning Jess Bentley and Part III: Surrender, concerning Louise Bentley. In these two stories we get to know Jesse a little more and we learn about his daughter, Louise. Louise is a bit of a tragic figure. She never really had a chance – with no mother and a father who wanted a son. I love how Anderson places her into a global vision of women of the time. The latter half of the 1800s saw the Women’s Right’s movement gaining traction, but political rights and human rights are very different things. Enjoy!

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