Hugh McVey moves from Missouri to the agrarian town of Bidwell, Ohio. He invents a mechanical cabbage planter to ease the burden of famers, but an investor in town exploits his product, which fails to succeed. His next invention, a corn cutter, makes him a millionaire and transforms Bidwell into a center of manufacturing. McVey, perennially lonely and ruminative, meets Clara Butterworth, who attends college at nearby Ohio State and is perennially harassed by her potential matches. Published one year after Winesburg, Ohio, in 1920, Poor White has a modernist style, an realist attention to every day life, and an eerily contemporary resonance.
About the Author
Sherwood Anderson was an American novelist and short story writer. He is best known for the short-story sequence Winesburg,Ohio. John Lingan is the author of Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk. He lives in Maryland.
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Poor White based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Elected not to finish this book. Did not like the format -too much wandering around with descriptions of America and not sticking to the story at hand. Finally, I lost interest in the characters that I would have liked, if the story had concentrated more on them. Winesburg Ohio was much much bette
I'm in the research phase of a possible book project about a very successful inventor who lived in my community . Poor White was recommended to me by a publisher who thought it might serve as a good example of how to go about writing a book of this type. While the author's writing style was somewhat rambling and a bit abstract for my tastes, it was an enjoyable read. I found it useful in terms of helping me conceptualize the framework of a book I would like to write.
Sherwood Anderson captures America's change from agrarian to industrial, with insightful and poetic writing. This is a perfect companion to Anderson's best-known work (Winesburg, Ohio) as well as to the many non-fiction books on the same topic (The Machine in the Garden, etc.).