‘There is a time in the life of every boy when he for the first time takes the backward view of life.’
In this beautifully atmospheric story, Anderson explores the existential shifts that occur on the cusp between adolescence and adulthood. His characters, amongst the frantic noise of small town America, find the space and the silence to share new feelings of and to contemplate the meaning of companionship in the modern age.
Anderson’s creative life began in 1912 when, after suffering a mental breakdown, he was found wandering in a cornfield. Shortly after he left his wife, children and manufacturing job and moved to Chicago to pursue a literary career, becoming a symbol of bravery for young writers of the period. He achieved fame with his sequence of interrelated short stories, Winesburg, Ohio, in which ‘Sophistication’ appears.