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"I thought of Miss Stein and Sherwood Anderson and egotism and mental laziness versus discipline and I thought 'who is calling who a lost generation?'"--A Moveable Feast (1964) by Ernest Hemingway

"You see the interest in all this lies in the figures that went before the eyes of the writer. They were all grotesques. All of the men and women the writer had ever known had become grotesques."--Winesburg, Ohio (1942) Sherwood Anderson

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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 additional 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 his only bestseller.




Short story collections


  • Mid-American Chants (1918)
  • A New Testament (1927)


  • Plays, Winesburg and Others (1937)


  • A Story Teller's Story (1922, memoir)
  • The Modern Writer (1925, essays)
  • Sherwood Anderson's Notebook (1926, memoir)
  • Alice and The Lost Novel (1929)
  • Hello Towns! (1929, collected newspaper articles)
  • Nearer the Grass Roots (1929, essays)
  • The American County Fair (1930, essays)
  • Perhaps Women (1931, essays)
  • No Swank (1934, essays)
  • Puzzled America (1935, essays)
  • A Writer's Conception of Realism (1939, essays)
  • Home Town (1940, photographs and commentary)

Published posthumously

  • Sherwood Anderson's Memoirs (1942)
  • The Sherwood Anderson Reader, edited by Paul Rosenfeld (1947)
  • The Portable Sherwood Anderson, edited by Horace Gregory (1949)
  • Letters of Sherwood Anderson, edited by Howard Mumford Jones and Walter B. Rideout (1953)
  • Sherwood Anderson: Short Stories, edited by Maxwell Geismar (1962)
  • Return to Winesburg: Selections from Four Years of Writing for a Country Newspaper, edited by Ray Lewis White (1967)
  • The Buck Fever Papers, edited by Welford Dunaway Taylor (1971, collected newspaper articles)
  • Sherwood Anderson and Gertrude Stein: Correspondence and Personal Essays, edited by Ray Lewis White (1972)
  • The "Writer's Book," edited by Martha Mulroy Curry (1975, unpublished works)
  • France and Sherwood Anderson: Paris Notebook, 1921, edited by Michael Fanning (1976)
  • Sherwood Anderson: The Writer at His Craft, edited by Jack Salzman, David D. Anderson, and Kichinosuke Ohashi (1979)
  • A Teller's Tales, selected and introduced by Frank Gado (1983)
  • Sherwood Anderson: Selected Letters: 1916–1933, edited by Charles E. Modlin (1984)
  • Letters to Bab: Sherwood Anderson to Marietta D. Finely, 1916–1933, edited by William A. Sutton (1985)
  • The Sherwood Anderson Diaries, 1936–1941, edited by Hilbert H. Campbell (1987)
  • Sherwood Anderson: Early Writings, edited by Ray Lewis White (1989)
  • Sherwood Anderson's Love Letters to Eleanor Copenhaver Anderson, edited by Charles E. Modlin (1989)
  • Sherwood Anderson's Secret Love Letters, edited by Ray Lewis White (1991)
  • Certain Things Last: The Selected Stories of Sherwood Anderson, edited by Charles E. Modlin (1992)
  • Southern Odyssey: Selected Writings by Sherwood Anderson, edited by Welford Dunaway Taylor and Charles E. Modlin (1997)
  • The Egg and Other Stories, edited with an introduction by Charles E. Modlin (1998)
  • Collected Stories, edited by Charles Baxter (2012)

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