Like most of the " Younger Generation," he feels out of tune with the Industrial Age, or at least does not like what it does to people. But his philosophy, as given in this book, is positive, not destructive, and his love of things American is as great as his distaste for certain particular things American.
Henry Adams, in The Education of Henry Adams, examined the Industrial Age and turned pessimist thereby; that was your scholarly, effete New Englander! Sherwood Anderson, a man more rudely formed, who sees what Henry Adams saw, retains a sense of the integrity and value of humanity which is his salvation. "A man and a woman in a garden," he writes, "had become the center of a universe about which it seemed to me I might think and feel in joy and wonder forever."
Sherwood Anderson has his crudities, which strike you sometimes as a kind of illiteracy deliberately exploited and exhibited. But on the whole he seems gentle and sincere, a man with his own way of speaking. And A Story Teller's Story is the best possible route to an appreciation of his work. As a personal "apologia," it is a most convincing and impressive document.
Two and a half years ago Sinclair Lewis astounded all of us, and maybe piqued not a few of us, with his portrait of the sonorous and wistful Mr. Babbitt, whose name speedily became a byword. "What next?" we curiously