Sherwood Anderson

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ANDERSON, Sherwood (1876-1941) American story-writer, novelist, memoirist and newspaperman, born in Ohio. Anderson was one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway could not have been as good without him, and the former finally acknowledged this. His change-over from businessman to writer, although misrepresented as having been more sudden than it was, became a legend, symboling both the rootedness of American literature in "ordinary" life, and the rejection of the commercialism of that life. Winesburg, Ohio, connected sketches depicting small-town midwest society and revolt against its conventions, caught the mood of a generation, and combines lyricism with toughness and naturalistic reference to detail. With this he created a public for good fiction. His later work is mixed. The short stories are great and the novels flawed; but some, such as Poor White, are profound ; and the properly edited Memoirs (1969, essentially fictional) are almost as good as Winesburg, Ohio. His message, realist yet poetic, is as strong today as it was sixty years ago.

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Out of Nowhere into Nothing
Poor White
Winesburg
Brothers
Marching Men
The Door of the Trap
The Dumb Man
The Egg
I Want to Know Why
The Man in the Brown Coat
Motherhood
The New Englander
The Other Woman
Seeds
Senility
Unlighted Lamps
War

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