Anderson, Sherwood

Born: September 13, 1876
Died: March 8, 1941

Ohio connection: Birth


Born in Ohio, Sherwood Anderson was a largely self-educated short-story writer and novelist. His formative years were spent in Clyde, Ohio, and he later lived for a number of years in Elyria.
Although he published several novels, including Poor White (1920) and Many Marriages (1923), his most famous work is Winesburg, Ohio, a picture of life in a typical Midwestern town, as seen through the eyes of its inhabitants. Anderson also published two collections of short stories, The Triumph of the Egg (1921) and Horses and Men (1923), as well as two autobiographical works, A Story Teller’s Story (1924) and Tar: A Midwest Childhood (1926). Sherwood Anderson’s Memoirs (1942) and Letters of Sherwood Anderson (1953) were published posthumously. Anderson had three children with his wife Cornelia, and was later married three more times.

Anderson died of peritonitis in the Canal Zone on his way to South America. He’d swallowed part of a toothpick, perhaps from hors d’oeuvres or a martini olive at a party before his ship left New York. By the time he made it to the hospital in Colon, Panama, it was too late. He died at age 64 on March 8, 1941.  His epitah in Marion’s Round Hill Cementery proclaims, as he directed, that “Life, Not Death, Is the Great Adventure.”


Recipient of the Dial Award, 1921.