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How Sherwood Anderson Emerged as a Short Story Writer in American Literature


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Sherwood Anderson was a prolific writer of Short Stories in American Literature. The contribution of Sherwood Anderson to this phenomenal development was by no means ordinary, although critical opinion, as it could be expected, has not been uniform in regarding the precise nature and extent of his influence on other writers of short stories among his immediate contemporaries and those of the newer generations. Extreme views apart, what seems certain is that Anderson was a sort of 'trail blazer' who pioneered many changes in the art of the American short story in theme, technique, form and content. The Chicago Renaissance was a movement of liberation, which was to have lasting effects on American literature. Anderson became imbued with its aesthetic atmosphere and its spirit of personal and artistic liberation. A heightened sensitiveness to contemporary life in America and openness to the myriad experiences of life became central to all his writings. It was indeed a challenging task to transform this material into satisfying fictional art.

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Short Story, Unmistakable, Abandoning, Significance, Advertisement, Materialism, Chicago Renaissance, Provocative, Unconventional, Sensitiveness, Undistinguished, Deterministic, Accommodative, Poison Plot, Psychological, Spontaneous, Colloquial, Unvarnished, Assimilating, Distinction
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  • David D. Anderson, “Introduction”, Critical Essays on Sherwood Anderson., ed. D.A. Anderson [Boston: G.K. Hall and Co., 1981], pp.1and9. Hereafter referred to as Critical Essays.
  • Walter Litz, ed, Major American Short Stories [New Delhi: Allied Publishers, 1975], P.443.
  • Frank O‟Connor, The Lonely Voice: a Study of The Short Story [Cleveland: world, 1963], P.41.
  • Walter Litz, P.445.
  • Robert Allen Papinchak, Sherwood Anderson: A Study of the Short Fiction [New York: Twayne, 1993], P.ix.
  • Malcolm Cowley, Anderson‟s Last Days of Innocence, the Achievement of Sherwood Anderson, ed. Ray Lewis White [Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1016], P.225. Hereafter referred to as The Achievement.
  • Malcolm Cowley, “Introduction”, Winesburg,Ohio, ed. Malcolm [New York: Viking Press,1960], P.1.
  • See Anderson‟s A Story Tellers Story, and “Why I left Business for Literature”, Century, August,1924.
  • Ray Lewis White, Sherwood Anderson: Early Writings [Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1989], P.115, Hereafter referred to as Early Writings.
  • “Anderson and Myth”, Critical Essays, P.274.
  • Early Writings, P.114.
  • Bernard Duffy, “The Renaissance in American Letters”, The Achievement. P.56
  • David D. Anderson, Sherwood Anderson: an Introduction and Interpretation [New York: Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1967], P.27. Hereafter referred to as Introduction and Interpretation.
  • David D. Anderson, “Sherwood Anderson after 20 years”, The Achievement, pp.252-53.
  • David D. Anderson, “Sherwood Anderson‟s Moments of Insight”,Critical Essays, P.155.
  • Papinchak, P.3.
  • Sherwood Anderson, A Story Tellers Story [New York: Garden City Publishers, 1924], P.309.
  • Ibid., P.352.
  • Rex Burbank, Sherwood Anderson [New York: Twayne, 1964], P.63.
  • Introduction and Interpretation, P.31.
  • Papinchak, P.7.
  • Rex Burbank, P.7.
  • Introduction and Interpretation, P.2.
  • Ibid., P.421.
  • Ibid., pp.25-26.
  • Introduction and Interpretation, pp.172-73.

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B. Mohan
S.V. College of Engineering and Technology, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Sherwood Anderson was a prolific writer of Short Stories in American Literature. The contribution of Sherwood Anderson to this phenomenal development was by no means ordinary, although critical opinion, as it could be expected, has not been uniform in regarding the precise nature and extent of his influence on other writers of short stories among his immediate contemporaries and those of the newer generations. Extreme views apart, what seems certain is that Anderson was a sort of 'trail blazer' who pioneered many changes in the art of the American short story in theme, technique, form and content. The Chicago Renaissance was a movement of liberation, which was to have lasting effects on American literature. Anderson became imbued with its aesthetic atmosphere and its spirit of personal and artistic liberation. A heightened sensitiveness to contemporary life in America and openness to the myriad experiences of life became central to all his writings. It was indeed a challenging task to transform this material into satisfying fictional art.

Keywords


Short Story, Unmistakable, Abandoning, Significance, Advertisement, Materialism, Chicago Renaissance, Provocative, Unconventional, Sensitiveness, Undistinguished, Deterministic, Accommodative, Poison Plot, Psychological, Spontaneous, Colloquial, Unvarnished, Assimilating, Distinction

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