Winesburg Ohio

Anderson, Sherwood

Sherwood Anderson, 1876–1941, American novelist and short-story writer, b. Camden, Ohio. After serving briefly in the Spanish-American War, he became a successful advertising man and later a manager of a paint factory in Elyria, Ohio. Dissatisfied with his life, however, Anderson abandoned both his job and his family and went to Chicago to become a writer. His first novel, Windy McPherson's Son (1916), concerning a boy's life in Iowa, was followed by Marching Men (1917), a chronicle about the plight of the working man in an industrial society. In his best-known work, Winesburg, Ohio (1919), a closely integrated collection of stories, he explores the loneliness and frustration of small-town lives. This work contains perhaps the most successful expression of the theme that dominates all Anderson's works—the conflict between organized industrial society and the subconscious instincts of the individual. In his later novels—Poor White (1920), Many Marriages (1923), and Dark Laughter (1925)—he continues to explore, but generally with less skill, the spiritual and emotional sterility of a success-oriented machine age. Anderson's unique talent, however, found its best expression in his short stories. Such collections as The Triumph of the Egg (1921), Horses and Men (1923), and Death in the Woods (1933) contain some of his most compassionate and penetrating writing. In 1927, Anderson moved to Marion, Va., where he bought and edited two newspapers, one Republican and one Democratic.

See his autobiographical Story Teller's Story (1924) and Tar: A Midwest Childhood (1926); memoirs (1942); letters (ed. by H. M. Jones and W. B. Rideout, 1953); diaries (ed. by H. H. Campbell, 1987); biographies by I. Howe (1966) and K. Townsend (1987); studies by P. P. Appel, ed. (1970) and W. D. Taylor, ed. (1977).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

FREE! Winesburg, Ohio: A Group of Tales of Ohio Small-Town Life
Sherwood Anderson.
Modern Library, 1919
Narrative Ethics
Adam Zachary Newton.
Harvard University Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "We Die in a Last Word: Conrad's Lord Jim and Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio"
Dreams of Manhood: Narrative, Gender, and History in Winesburg, Ohio
Whalan, Mark.
Studies in American Fiction, Vol. 30, No. 2, Autumn 2002
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Fathers and Sons: Winesburg, Ohio and the Revision of Modernism
Conner, Marc C.
Studies in American Fiction, Vol. 29, No. 2, Autumn 2001
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
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The "Shadow People": Feodor Sologub and Sherwood Anderson's 'Winesburg, Ohio.'
Campbell, Hilbert H.
Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter 1996
The American Novel To-Day: A Social and Psychological Study
Raegis Michaud.
Boston, Little, Brown, 1928
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VIII "Sherwood Anderson on This Side of Freud"
American Literary Naturalism: A Divided Stream
Charles Child Walcutt.
Greenwood Press, 1956
Librarian’s tip: Chap. IX "Sherwood Anderson: Impressionism and the Buried Life"
A Library of Literary Criticism: Modern American Literature
Dorothy Nyren; Dorothy Nyren.
Frederick Ungar, 1960 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Winesburg, Ohio begins on p. 20
Nobody's Home: Speech, Self, and Place in American Fiction from Hawthorne to Delillo
Arnold Weinstein.
Oxford University Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Anderson: The Play of Winesburg, Ohio"
Toward the End: Closure and Structure in the American Short Story
John Gerlach.
University of Alabama Press, 1985
Librarian’s tip: "Imagist Form: Anderson, 'Hands'" begins on p. 94
Pedagogy of the Undressed: Sherwood Anderson's Kate Swift
Bruner, Belinda.
Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 36, No. 4, Fall 1999
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