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Poor White: a Novel

by Sherwood Anderson

It explores the lives of the lower class in the early 20th century. Set in a small town in Ohio, the book follows the story of Hugh McVey, a young man who rises from poverty to become a successful businessman, but not without facing many challenges and obstacles along the way. Published in 1920, Poor White sheds light on the struggles of the working class during a time of industrialization and rapid social change in America. Anderson's vivid descriptions of the characters and their surroundings provide a realistic portrayal of life in a small town, where poverty and inequality are rampant. The novel also tackles themes such as identity, social class, and the American dream. Hugh McVey's journey to success is not a smooth one, and the author highlights the sacrifices and compromises he had to make to achieve his goals. Sherwood Anderson is a notable figure in American literature and is best known for his work in the modernist movement. Poor White is one of his lesser-known works but is still considered a significant contribution to American literature. In summary, Poor White is a novel that offers a poignant and honest portrayal of life in small-town America during the early 20th century. It is a must-read for anyone interested in American literature and history, and for those who want to gain a deeper understanding of the struggles and triumphs of the working class.

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Sherwood Anderson was an American novelist and short story writer, known for subjective and self-revealing works. Self-educated, he rose to become a successful copywriter and business owner in Clevela...

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