Sherwood Anderson is best known for his short story cycle Winesburg, Ohio (1919). Because of Anderson’s treatment of small town Americana, Anderson has been called “one of the purest, most intense poets of loneliness” in the modern literary canon (Gold 548). In his time, Anderson was influential in the literary circle that included Theodore Dreiser, Carl Sandburg, Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway.

Sherwood Anderson was born on September 13, 1876 in Camden, Ohio. His parents, Irwin and Emma Anderson, were poor and moved frequently until Anderson was almost seven years old. His father worked as a harness repairman and as a house and sign painter. From the age of seven until he was nineteen Anderson lived …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

McKenzie Stearns, Precious. "Sherwood Anderson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2011
[, accessed 06 October 2015.]

Articles on Anderson's works

  1. Winesburg, Ohio