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Sherwood Anderson

Born: September 13, 1876 in Camden, Ohio
Died: March 8, 1941 in Panama

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Anderson worked as an advertising copywriter in Chicago.

Biography: Sherwood Anderson was an important figure in the Chicago Renaissance, the movement that attracted world-wide attention to Chicago as a literary center around the time of the First World War. He was an important novelist, short story writer, essayist, poet and dramatist.

  • -- Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990
  • -- Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2012

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Non-Fiction; Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

A story teller's story :
ISBN: 0472030833 OCLC: 60402204

University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor : 2005.

ISBN: 1473303265 OCLC: 959036185

READ Books, [Place of publication not identified] : 2013.

Certain things last :
ISBN: 0941423859 OCLC: 26014752

Four Walls Eight Windows, New York : ©1992.

Until now there has never been a selection of Anderson's best short fiction. Certain Things Last is the first one-volume edition of Anderson's stories. But what makes this book truly remarkable is that five of Anderson's very best stories appear in print here for the first time. They are: "Certain Things Last," "Fred," "The Red Dog," "Mrs. Wife," and "The Masterpiece." The discovery of these new stories makes Certain Things Last an unprecedented publishing event. The short story, not the novel or autobiography, was the form in which Sherwood Anderson excelled. And the American short story probably owes more to Sherwood Anderson than to any other American writer. It was Anderson who wrested short fiction from the upbeat conventionality of the popular magazines of the 1920s and '30s and molded it to express the isolation of individual people.

ISBN: 1781398321 OCLC: 999441616

BENEDICTION CLASSICS, [Place of publication not identified], 2017.

Great American short stories I.
ISBN: 1561030104 OCLC: 32134124

Lake Education, Belmont, Calif. : ©1994.

ISBN: 1473303281 OCLC: 959036249

READ Books, [Place of publication not identified], 2013.

  Home town /
ISBN: 0911858113 OCLC: 1602049

P.P. Appel, Mamaroneck, N.Y. : 1975.

  Horses and men /
ISBN: 0742655016 OCLC: 314182858

Classic Books, S.L. : 2001.

ISBN: 1473303303 OCLC: 959034611

READ Books, [Place of publication not identified], 2013.

  Literature :
ISBN: 0673150097 OCLC: 2830011

  Lives of animals.
ISBN: 0871910071 OCLC: 948799244

Creative Co, [Place of publication not identified] : 1966.

Many marriages
ISBN: 0810811227 OCLC: 3706429

Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, N.J. : 1978, ©1923.

  Marching Men
ISBN: 9788892536357 OCLC: 956711093

Sherwood Anderson (September 13, 1876 - March 8, 1941) was an American novelist and short story writer, known for subjective and self-revealing works. Self-educated, he rose to become a successful copywriter and business owner in Cleveland and Elyria, Ohio. In 1912, Anderson had a nervous breakdown that led him to abandon his business and family to become a writer. At the time, he moved to Chicago and was eventually married three more times. His most enduring work is the short-story sequence Winesburg, Ohio, which launched his career. Throughout the 1920s, Anderson published several short story collections, novels, memoirs, books of essays, and a book of poetry. Though his books sold reasonably well, Dark Laughter (1925), a novel inspired by Anderson's time in New Orleans during the 1920s, was the only bestseller of his career. He may be most remembered for his influential effect on the next generation of young writers, as he inspired William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and Thomas Wolfe. He helped gain publication for Faulkner and Hemingway (font: Wikipedia)

  Nearer the grass roots /
ISBN: 0848200837 OCLC: 3034640

Norwood Editions, Norwood, Pa. : 1977.

ISBN: 1473303338 OCLC: 959034612

READ Books, [Place of publication not identified], 2013.

Perhaps women.
ISBN: 0911858059 OCLC: 74101

P.P. Appel, Mamaroneck, N.Y., 1970 [©1931]

Poor white
ISBN: 1604249730 OCLC: 1073297476

Book jungle Champaign [ca. 2005]

  Puzzled America.
ISBN: 0911858075 OCLC: 72774

P.P. Appel, Mamaroneck, N.Y., 1970 [©1935]

ISBN: 1473303346 OCLC: 959035944

READ Books, [Place of publication not identified] : 2013.

Sherwood Anderson: Collected Stories
ISBN: 9781598532043 OCLC: 796756211

Library of America : New York, N.Y. : ©2012.

In the winter of 1912, Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941) abruptly left his office and spent three days wandering through the Ohio countryside, a victim of nervous exhaustion. Over the next few years, abandoning his family and his business, he resolved to become a writer. Novels and poetry followed, but it was with the story collection Winesburg, Ohio that he found his ideal form, remaking the American short story for the modern era. Hart Crane, one of the first to recognize Anderson's genius, quickly hailed his accomplishment.

Sherwood Anderson: Early Writings
ISBN: 0873383745 OCLC: 18557238

Kent State University Press, Kent, Ohio : ©1989.

Sherwood Andersons Memoirs
ISBN: 4653007713 OCLC: 254121905

Rinsen Book Co., Kyoto : 1988.

Southern odyssey :
ISBN: 082031899X OCLC: 35174845

University of Georgia Press, Athens : ©1997.

"The best of Sherwood Anderson's writings about the region where he spent the last sixteen years of his life. In more than forty selections of journalism and fiction, Anderson explores the people and problems of the South."

ISBN: 1473303354 OCLC: 959035256

READ Books, [Place of publication not identified] : 2013.

  The modern writer
ISBN: 0841429928 OCLC: 2767785

Folcroft Library Editions, Folcroft, Pa. : 1976, [©1925]

The Sherwood Anderson diaries, 1936-1941 /
ISBN: 0820309087 OCLC: 14165519

University of Georgia Press, Athens, GA : ©1987.

The teller's tales /
ISBN: 091275608X OCLC: 9550733

Union College Press, Schenectady, N.Y. : [©1983]

Triumph of the Egg: A Book of Impressions From American Life in Tales and Poems.
ISBN: 1473350077 OCLC: 976394218

Read Books Ltd., 2016.

Windy McPherson's son
ISBN: 1598185977 OCLC: 85778058

Hard Press 1916

  Winesburg, Ohio /
ISBN: 0199540721 OCLC: 223948215

Oxford University Press, Oxford ; 2008.

Winesburg, Ohio (1919) is Sherwood Anderson's masterpiece, a cycle of short stories concerning life in a small town at the end of the nineteenth century.