Certain Things Last by Sherwood Anderson

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The first compilation of the best short fiction by the author of Winesburg, Ohio and one of the shapers of the modern American short story includes five great unpublished stories, recovered only recently.

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Sherwood Anderson was born on September 13, 1876, in Camden, Ohio, and grew up in nearby Clyde. In 1898 he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Spanish-American War. In 1900 he enrolled in the Wittenberg Academy. The following year he moved to Chicago where he began a successful business career in advertising. Despite his business success, in 1912 Anderson walked away to pursue writing full time. His first novel was Windy McPherson's Son, published in 1916, and his second was Marching Men, published in 1917. The phenomenally successful Winesburg, Ohio, a collection of short stories about fictionalized characters in a small midwestern town, followed in 1919. Anderson wrote novels including The Triumph of the Egg, Poor White, Many Marriages, and Dark Laughter, but it was his short stories that made him famous. Through his short stories he revolutionized short fiction and altered the direction of the modern short story. He is credited with influencing such writers as William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Anderson died in March, 1941, of peritonitis suffered during a trip to South America. The epitaph he wrote for himself proclaims, "Life, not death, is the great adventure. Charles E. Modlin is Professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he has taught since 1968. He is the editor of Certain Things Last: The Selected Short Stories of Sherwood Anderson, Sherwood Anderson s Love Letters to Eleanor Copenhaver Anderson, Sherwood Anderson: Selected Letters, and co-editor of Sherwood Anderson: Centennial Studies. He is co-editor of The Winesburg Eagle (the newsletter of the Sherwood Anderson Society) and author of many articles related to Sherwood Anderson.
Published October 1, 1992 by Four Walls Eight Windows. 359 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Anderson (1876-1941) is well remembered for Winesburg, Ohio , the collection of linked stories that fathomed small-town America, but his most individual work can be found elsewhere, especially in short fiction.

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