Sherwood Anderson (1189 words)


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 in Clyde, O…

Citation: McKenzie Stearns, Precious. "Sherwood Anderson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2011 [, accessed 21 October 2020.]

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