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By Kevin Etten - March 23, 2000

Sherwood Anderson, in his masterpiece Winesburg, Ohio was "writing against the notion that stories have to have a plot which reveals a moral idea or conclusion" (Prof. Fisher, lecture). Like the "tales" that Doctor Parcival tells George Willard in "The Philosopher," Anderson's short stories also seem to "begin nowhere and end nowhere" (51). We as…

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