Sherwood Anderson

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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Sherwood Anderson: Selected full-text books and articles

Telling Lies in Modern American Autobiography By Timothy Dow Adams University of North Carolina Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Sherwood Anderson: 'Lies My Father Told Me'"
I Hear America ...: Literature in the United States since 1900 By Vernon Loggins Biblo and Tannen, 1967
Librarian’s tip: "Sherwood Anderson" begins on p. 151
A Library of Literary Criticism: Modern American Literature By Dorothy Nyren; Dorothy Nyren Frederick Ungar, 1960 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Anderson, Sherwood (1876-1941)" begins on p. 18
Living Authors: A Book of Biographies By Stanley Kunitz; Dilly Tante H. W. Wilson, 1935
Librarian’s tip: "Sherwood Anderson" begins on p. 7
Creating the Modern American Novel By Harlan Henthorne Hatcher Farrar & Rinehart, 1935
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Twelve "Sherwood Anderson"
American Writing Today: Its Independence and Vigor By Allan Angoff New York University Press, 1957
Librarian’s tip: "Sherwood Anderson" begins on p. 351
Fathers and Sons: Winesburg, Ohio and the Revision of Modernism By Conner, Marc C Studies in American Fiction, Vol. 29, No. 2, Autumn 2001
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Dreams of Manhood: Narrative, Gender, and History in Winesburg, Ohio By Whalan, Mark Studies in American Fiction, Vol. 30, No. 2, Autumn 2002
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Sherwood Anderson's Fear of Sexuality: Horses, Men, and Homosexuality By Ellis, James Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 30, No. 4, Fall 1993
Tar: A Midwest Childhood By Sherwood Anderson Boni and Liveright, 1926
Exploring the Midwestern Literary Imagination By Marcia Noe Whitston, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "Jose Garcia Villa and Sherwood Anderson: A Study in Influence" begins on p. 57
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